Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 6/3/2021 – 6/9/2021 

Official information from FAA and NTSB sources (unless otherwise noted). Editorial comments (contained in parentheses), year-to-date summary and closing comments are those of the author.  All information is preliminary and subject to change.  Comments are meant solely to enhance flying safety.  Please use these reports to help you more accurately evaluate the potential risks when you make your own decisions about how and when to fly.  ©2021 Mastery Flight Training, Inc.  All Rights Reserved

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New reports this week

6/5 1652Z (1252 local Saturday afternoon): A Be55 landed gear up at West Palm Beach, Florida. The solo pilot was not injured and the extent of damage is not reported. N100SS (TC-1884) is a 1975 B55 registered in Montgomery, Texas.

(“Gear up landing”)

6/5 2050Z (1350 local Saturday afternoon): A Be35 “experienced and engine fire” near Myrtle Creek, Oregon. The solo pilot was unhurt; airplane damage is “unknown”. N813CH (D-9536) is a 1973 V35B registered in Grants Pass, Oregon.

(“Engine fire in flight”—the report states the fire took place “enroute,” so it was apparently in the air. The most recent FlightAware track of the airplane showed an arrival at Myrtle Creek, so the fire may have occurred shortly after takeoff, but that track was a full month before this reported incident).


New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

5/13 B24R engine failure at New Lennox, Illinois. The report states:

On May 13, 2021, at 1117 central daylight time, a Beech B24R airplane, N9199S, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near New Lenox, Illinois. The pilot and 2 passengers were seriously injured, and 1 passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast data revealed the airplane departed from runway 2 at Lewis University Airport (LOT) at 1111. After takeoff, the pilot proceeded on a southeast course. The final data point was recorded at 1117.

The pilot stated that the pre-flight inspection was unremarkable, and the engine started without hesitation. The before takeoff run-up was “smooth” with no issues noted. The takeoff and initial climb out were normal. During the climb, the engine speed “suddenly dipped down” to about 1,300 rpm without any warning. His efforts to restore full power were not successful and he executed a forced landing to an interstate highway. The landing gear was extended once a landing was assured. However, on short final, he slowed the airplane to avoid a semi- truck on the highway resulting in a hard landing and landing gear collapse.

The airplane landed on the southbound traffic lanes of I-355 about 1/2 mile north of the Route 6/Maple Road overpass and came to rest adjacent to the center median barrier wall. The left wing was damaged consistent with contact to the wall, and the engine and firewall were dislocated consistent with impact forces during the landing.

(Add “Serious injuries” and change weather “unknown” to “VMC”).


2021 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2021:

Total reported: 65 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC: 36 reports 
Operation in IMC:    1 report  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  27 reports
Operation at night: 5 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  3 reports 
Fatal accidents:  7 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  14 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   7 reports

 

BEECH AERO CLUB Series: 12 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner  6 reports
Be24 Custom III/Sierra  3 reports 
Be76 Duchess 
   2 reports. 
Be19 Sport   1 report


Total reported 2021:  12 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  9 reports 
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  3 reports
Operation at night: 1 report    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  1 report 
Fatal accidents:  2 reports

Aircraft damage

“Substantial” damage:  5 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   1 report

 

PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF CAUSE 

(all subject to update per official findings):

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS   2 reports 

Impact during takeoff

Takeoff/Unknown   1 report (Be23)

Loss of control during takeoff/strong surface wind/takeoff  1 report (Be23)


Engine failure 

Engine failure in flight   1 report (Be24)


OTHER EVENTS    10 reports

Landing gear-related mishaps

Gear up landing  
2 reports (both Be76s)

Landing gear mechanical failure during landing   1 report (Be24)


Impact during landing

Hard landing   
3 reports (two Be23s; Be24)


Engine failure 

Engine failure in flight   1 report (Be23)


Impact during takeoff

Loss of control/stall immediately after takeoff/strong winds  1 report (Be19)

Failure to climb/collision with obstacles during takeoff   1 report (Be23)



BONANZA/BARON Series:   50 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be35 Bonanza   19 reports 
Be36 Bonanza   16 reports 
Be55 Baron   8 reports  
Be33 Debonair/Bonanza   4 reports  
Be95 Travel Air 
  2 reports 
Be58 Baron   1 report   
   

Be56 Turbo Baron


Total reported 2021:  50 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  27 reports 
Operation in IMC:    1 report  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  22 reports
Operation at night: 4 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  2 reports
Fatal accidents:  5 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  8 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   6 reports

 

PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF CAUSE 
(all subject to update per official findings):

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS    7 reports

Engine failure   4 reports

Engine failure immediately after takeoff/unsuccessful attempt to return to airport   1 report (Be36)

Engine failure in flight   1 report (Be35)

Engine failure in cruise/catastrophic oil loss  1 report (Be36) 

Engine failure during approach/landing   1 report (Be36)


Impact during/immediately after takeoff  2 reports  

Takeoff/unknown   1 report (Be58)

Loss of control/simulated engine failure after takeoff during instructional flight  1 report (Be35)


Impact during approach/landing  1 report

Loss of control during missed approach in night IMC   1 report (Be33)



OTHER EVENTS    43 reports

Landing gear-related mishaps   23 reports

Gear up landing  
11 reports (three Be33s; four Be35s; two Be36s; two Be55s) 

Gear collapse during landing   
8 report (three Be35s; two Be36s; two Be55s; Be95)

Mechanical landing gear failure   1 report (Be55)

Landed with gear partial extended/electrical failure in flight   1 report (Be35)

Gear up landing after electrical failure   1 report (Be55)

Gear collapse during takeoff   1 report (Be35)


Engine failure  7 reports

Engine failure just after takeoff  
2 reports (two Be36s)

Engine failure in flight   1 report (Be36)

Partial power loss during takeoff/failure to abort   1 report (Be35)

Oil leak/engine fire in flight   1 report (Be35)

Catastrophic engine failure in flight   1 report (Be36)

Engine fire in flight   1 report (Be35)



Impact during/immediately after takeoff   reports  

Runway excursion/loss of control during aborted takeoff  
2 reports (both Be36s)

Loss of directional control during takeoff/contaminated runway   1 report (Be35)

Failure to climb/collision with obstacles during takeoff   1 report (Be36)


Impact during approach/landing   3 reports

Landed short   1 report (Be35)

Hard landing   1 report (Be35)

Collision with object during landing  1 report (Be36)


Miscellaneous causes/Other   6 reports

Taxi into obstacle  
3 reports (Be35; Be55; Be95)

Takeoff with tow bar attached   1 report (Be55)

Bird strike   1 report (Be36)

Struck by taxiing airplane whie unoccupied on the ramp   1 report (Be35)


MISCELLANEOUS Models:  3 reports 

Be18 Twin Beech/Expeditor/Kansan   2 reports
Be17 Staggerwing   1 report

Be45 Mentor/T-34
Be50 Twin Bonanza   
Be60 Duke     
Be65 Queen Air   

 

Total reported 2021: 3 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  3 report
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  0 reports
Operation at night: 0 reports    

Most Serious Injury

“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  0 reports 
Fatal accidents:  0 reports

Aircraft damage

“Substantial” damage:  1 report
Aircraft “destroyed”:   0 reports

 

PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF CAUSE 

(all subject to update per official findings):


FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS   0 reports


OTHER EVENTS   3 reports

Impact during takeoff

Loss of control/noseover during takeoff   1 report (Be17)


Impact on landing   

Loss of directional control during landing   1 report (Be18)

Gear collapse during landing/mechanical failure in flight   1 report (Be18)

 

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