Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 1/14/2021 – 1/20/2021 

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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2020 End of year report  Update 2 as of 13 January 2021


2021 Reports

New reports this week

1/12 2130Z (1530 local Tuesday morning): A Be35 “crashed short of the runway” at Popular Grove, Illinois. The Bonanza “incurred[ed] a prop strike” and its “nose gear collapsed,” resulting in “unknown” total damage. The solo pilot was not hurt. N436T (D-7240) is a 1963 P35 registered in Kirkland, Illinois.

(“Landed short”)

1/13 1122Z (0622 local Wednesday morning): The solo pilot of a Be33 died, and one person on the gorund suffered “minor” injuries, when the Bonanza crashed into a house “under unknown circumstances” during approach at Columbia, South Carolina. Aircraft damamge is “substantial.” N266DC (CE-418) was a 1973 F33A registered in Wilmington, Delaware.

(“Loss of control during approach in IMC”; “Fatal”; “Airplane destroyed” [see below];”Night”;  “IMC”—an industry report notes conditions were “foggy” at the time of the crash, that impact occured about a mile from the airport, and that the airplane was “Written off (damaged beyond repair).” A local news reports quotes a college student witness:

"I hear a very loud sound coming from the sky, and I know the airport's only a mile away. So I just thought at first, it was a plane flying over, but it just kept getting louder and louder. And the next thing you know, I see a plane emerged from the fog, pointed straight at me coming into the ground, and I kind of just froze. At the last second, it decided to flip on its side and turn to the right. It landed in my neighbor's yard.")

1/13 2340Z (1840 local Wednesday evening): A Be36 “lost power just after takeoff” at Lubbock, Texas. The pilot “attempted to return and landed in a field.” The solo pilot escaped unhurt; airplane damage is not reported. N837ML (EA-558) is a 1994 B36TC registered in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. 

(“Engine failure just after takeoff”—the pilot’s decision to land off-airport under control resulted in a successful outcome. A photo on an industry website shows the airplane on its belly in the field. Another website confirms the damage was only “minor”.)

1/16 1916Z (1216 local Saturday afternoon): A Be35 “taxied on [a] perimeter road” at Phoenix, Arizona, and “struck street signs.” The solo pilot was not injured; airplane damage is minor. N5204C (D-2549) is a 1950 B35 registered in Glendale, Arizona.

(“Taxi into obstacle”—keep your eyes open and outside during taxi. On large, unfamilair airports, stay on the yellow taxiway center lines and you’ll not accidentally turn down an access road.)


New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

There are no newly posted 2021 piston Beech NTSB reports this week.


2021 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2021:

Total reported: 6 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC: 3 reports 
Operation in IMC:    1 report  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  2 reports
Operation at night: 1 report    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  0 reports 
Fatal accidents:  2 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  0 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   2 reports

 

BEECH AERO CLUB Series:  0 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be19 Sport 
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner  
Be24 Custom III/Sierra 
Be76 Duchess    
Be77 Skipper
     


Total reported 2021:  0 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  0 reports 
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:  0 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   0 reports

 

PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF CAUSE 

(all subject to update per official findings):

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS   0 reports 

OTHER EVENTS    reports

 

BONANZA/BARON Series:   6 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be35 Bonanza   3 reports 
Be33 Debonair/Bonanza   1 report  
Be36 Bonanza   1 report
Be58 Baron   1 report   
       

Be55 Baron 
Be56 Turbo Baron
Be95 Travel Air 


Total reported 2021:  6 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  3 reports 
Operation in IMC:    1 report  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  2 reports
Operation at night: 1 report    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  0 reports
Fatal accidents:  2 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  0 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   2 reports

 

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

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS    2 reports

Impact during/immediately after takeoff   

Takeoff/unknown   1 report (Be58)


Impact during approach/landing

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


OTHER EVENTS    3 reports

Engine failure

Engine failure just after takeoff   1 report (Be36)


Impact during/immediately after takeoff  

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


Impact during approach/landing

Landed short   1 report (Be35)


Miscellaneous causes/Other

Taxi into obstacle   1 report (Be35)


MISCELLANEOUS Models:  0 reports 

Be17 Staggerwing
Be18 Twin Beech/Expeditor/Kansan
Be45 Mentor/T-34
Be50 Twin Bonanza   
Be60 Duke     
Be65 Queen Air   

 

Total reported 2021: 0 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  0 reports
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:  0 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   0 reports

 

PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF CAUSE 

(all subject to update per official findings):


FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS   0 reports


OTHER EVENTS   0 reports

 

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