Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

8/10/2017 through 8/16/2017

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.  © 2017 Mastery Flight Training, Inc.  All Rights Reserved


New reports this week

8/10 0145Z (2145 local Wednesday evening 8/9): A Be58 “went off the runway into [the] grass” during a night landing at Luray, Virginia. The two aboard escaped injury, and airplane damage is “unknown”. N9021V (TH-233) is/was a 1972 Baron 58 registered in Front Royal, Virginia.

(“Loss of directional control during landing”; “Night”)


New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

8/3 D17S Staggering ground loop during landing at Colorado Springs, CO. Add “substantial damage” and change “weather not reported” to “VMC”.

2017 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2017:

Total reported: 89 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  44 reports 
Operation in IMC:    2 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  41 reports
Operation at night: 7 reports    

Most Serious Injury
Fatal accidents:  9 reports 
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  4 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  19 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   14 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be35 Bonanza  17 reports 
Be55 Baron  13 reports
Be36 Bonanza  12 reports    
Be58 Baron  11 reports     
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom III  6 reports 
Be76 Duchess  6 reports  
Be19 Sport  4 reports 
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  4 reports 
Be17 Staggering  3 reports 
Be18 Twin Beech  3 reports
Be45 (T-34) Mentor  3 reports      
Be24 Sierra  2 reports
Be60 Duke  2 reports    
Be95 Travel Air  2 reports  
Be77 Skipper  1 report 

(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps (43 reports; 50% of total reports)

Gear collapse during landing  
18 reports (Be17; two Be18s; two Be33s; three Be35s; three Be36s; two Be45s; three Be55s; two Be58s; Be60; Be95)

Gear up landing  
15 reports (two Be24s; Be33; three Be35s; two Be36s; three Be58s; three Be76s; Be95)

Landing gear collapse during landing//known mechanical failure  
3 reports (Be50; two Be55s)

Gear up landing or gear collapse/alternator/electrical failure  
2 reports (Be35; Be58) 

Gear up landing/known mechanical failure  
2 reports (Be55; Be76)

Gear collapse during taxi  1 report (Be55)

Gear collapse during touch-and-go  1 report (Be55)

Impact during landing (14 reports; 14% of total reports)

Landed long/runway overrun  
3 reports (Be23; Be35; Be76)

Loss of directional control during landing  
3 reports (two Be55s; Be58)

Landed short/Collision with obstacle on final approach  
2 reports (Be35; Be45)

Collision with animal on runway
2 reports (Be35; Be36)

Loss of directional control during landing/Snow/Ice 1 report (Be58)

Collision with obstacle on runway  1 report (Be58)

Hard landing  1 report (Be19)

Landing/unknown  1 report (Be23)

Engine failure (12 reports; 14% of total reports)

Engine failure in flight  
5 reports (Be17; Be19; Be33; Be35; Be36)

Engine failure during takeoff/initial climb
3 reports (Be23; two Be36s)

Engine failure immediately after takeoff/multiengine aircraft  1 report (Be55)

Partial power loss immediately after takeoff  1 report (Be35)

Engine failure during missed approach in IMC  1 report (Be18)

Catastrophic engine bottom end failure in flight  1 report (Be35)

Miscellaneous (5 reports: 6% of total reports)

Taxi into object/another aircraft  
2 reports (Be19; Be76)

Taxiway excursion  1 report (Be58)

Autopilot/trim/control system malfunction  1 report (Be36)

Bird strike  1 report (Be55)

Impact during takeoff (3 reports; 3% of total reports)

Runway overrun/failure to climb during takeoff  
2 reports (Be23; Be36)

Takeoff/Unknown 1 report (Be23)

Stall/Spin/Loss of Control In Flight (3 reports; 3% of total reports)

Stall/spin/loss of control in flight during multiengine training  1 report (Be60)

Stall/spin/loss of control during low speed practice  1 report (Be35)

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

Controlled Flight into Terrain (1 report)

Controlled Flight into Terrain/Mountainous/Rapidly Rising Terrain  1 report (Be19)

Unknown (7 reports; 9% of total reports)

4 reports (Be17; Be23; Be55; Be58)

Forced landing/unknown  
2 reports (Be35; Be77)

Runway excursion/unknown 1 report (Be35)

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