Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

11/7/2019 through 11/13/2019

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.  © 2019 Mastery Flight Training, Inc.  All Rights Reserved


New reports this week

11/6 2229Z (1729 local Wednesday evening): A Be23 struck two geese while on final approach during a dusk landing at Akron, Ohio. The solo pilot was not injured, and airplane damage is “minor”. N9273S (M-1759) is a 1976 C24 Sundowner registered in North Canton, Ohio.

(“Bird strike”)

11/9 1430Z (0730 local Saturday morning): The pilot of a Be55 was conducting “touch and go maneuvers” at Broomfield, Colorado, when the pilot “inadvertently retracted” the landing gear. The two aboard the Baron avoided injury and airplane damage is “minor”. N6206V (TE-423) is a 1967 95-C55 registered in Denver, Colorado.

(“Gear collapse during touch and go”)

11/9 1530Z (1030 local Saturday morning): A Be55’s landing gear collapsed during takeoff at Griffin, Georgia. All five aboard the Baron were unhurt; airplane damage is “unknown”. N686DR (TC-1049) is a 1967 95-B55 registered in Madison, Georgia.

(“Gear collapse during takeoff”)

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

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

2019 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2019:

Total reported: 147 reports

Environment: (Note: FAA preliminary reports no longer report weather conditions)

Operation in VMC:  97 reports 
Operation in IMC:    8 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  42 reports
Operation at night: 7 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  4 reports 
Fatal accidents:  25 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  32 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   35 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be35 Bonanza  40 reports
Be36 Bonanza  36 reports
Be55 Baron  19 reports  
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  15 reports  
Be58 Baron  9 reports
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner  7 reports 
Be76 Duchess  5 reports 
Be60 Duke  4 reports  
Be19 Sport  3 reports 
Be65 Queen Air  3 reports 
Be24 Sierra  2 reports
Be50 Twin Bonanza  2 reports  
Be45 Mentor  1 report
Be95 Travel Air  1 report
Bonanza (model unknown)  1 report


(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps (52 reports)

Gear collapse during landing  
24 reports: (Be24; three Be33s; six Be35s; seven Be36s; five Be55s; Be65; Be76) 

Gear up landing
19 reports (two Be33s; seven Be35s; five Be36s; Be45; two Be55s; Be76; Bonanza model unknown) 

Gear collapse—incomplete extension  
4 reports: (Be35; Be36; Be58; Be76)

Gear collapse—electrical failure in flight, incomplete extension  
2 reports (both Be35)

Gear collapse during takeoff
2 reports (both Be55s)

Gear collapse during taxi  1 report (Be35)

Gear collapse during touch and goes. 1 report (Be55)

Engine failure (40 reports)

Engine failure in flight  
17 reports (Be23; two Be33s; four Be35s; eight Be36s; Be60; Be76)

Fuel starvation  
5 reports (Be23; Be35; two Be36s; Be55)

Engine failure during takeoff  
5 reports (two Be19s; Be35; two Be36s)

Cylinder separation in flight  
3 reports (two Be33s; Be35)

Engine fire in flight  
3 reports (Be19; Be36; Be60)

Fuel exhaustion  1 report (Be55)

Engine failure during return to airport/door open after takeoff  1 report (Be35)

Engine failure during approach/landing  1 report (Be35)

Engine failure shortly after takeoff/stall  1 report (Be50)

Dual engine failure in flight/suspected fuel contamination  1 report (Be50)

Engine failure on approach/landing/possible fuel vent blockage. 1 report (Be23)

Engine failure during go-around. 1 report (Be35)

Miscellaneous  (15 reports)(

Taxied into object/other aircraft  
6 reports (Be23; Be33; Be35; two Be58s; Be60)

Bird strike  
3 reports (Be23; Be35; Be95)

Attempted hand-propping/unoccupied start/ground collision  1 report (Be35)0

Extreme turbulence encounter  1 report (Be58)

Struck animal on runway during landing  1 report (Be58)

Wing explosion during takeoff  1 report (Be65)

Engine fire during taxi  1 report (Be55)

Midair collision/short final  1 report (Be35)

Stuck throttle  1 report (Be33)

Impact during landing (13 reports) 

Loss of directional control during landing  
6 reports (Be23; Be35; Be33; three Be36s)

Hard landing  
4 reports (Be33; Be35; two Be55s)

Landed short  1 report (Be65)

Blown tire on landing  1 report (Be58)

Aircraft porpoised on landing/propeller strike  1 report (Be36)

Loss of control in flight (LOC-I) (9 reports)

Loss of control immediately after liftoff/unknown 
2 reports (Be36; Be60)

Loss of control in flight/Initial departure in IMC  1 report (Be36)

Loss of directional control in flight/Attempted visual flight into IMC  1 report (Be36)

Stall during low-altitude maneuvering  1 report (Be65)

Loss of control/Instrument approach  1 report (Be58)

Loss of control during go-around  1 report (Be76)

Loss of control/door open in flight. 1 report (Be24)

Loss of control/base to final turn. 1 report (Be33)

Controlled Flight into Terrain (2 reports)

Controlled Flight into Terrain: Visual flight in mountains  1 report (Be55)

Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT)/Buzzing. 1 report (Be33)

Unknown (16 reports)

9 reports (three Be35s; two Be36s; two Be55s; two Be58s)

4 reports (Be33; two Be35s; Be36)

2 reports (Be23; Be35)

Precautionary landing/unknown  1 report (Be36)

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