Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

7/3/2018 through 7/12/2018

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.  © 2018 Mastery Flight Training, Inc.  All Rights Reserved


From unofficial sources

7/12 (time not reported): A reader reports:

One of my...friends was on an airliner this morning that had to be diverted from Portland International Jetport [Maine] (PWM) due to a gear-up landing there by a Baron 58, N263AC. Fortunately it sounds like the two persons onboard are okay… and it also sounds like it was inadvertent, as the pilot’s communications with Approach and the tower on LiveATC sound normal until [touchdown]. 

In online report state the two aboard were indeed unhurt, and the Baron incurred “minor” damage. N263AC (TH-382) is/was a 1973 Baron 58 registered in Waterville, Maine.

(“Gear up landing”)

New reports this week

7/7 1350Z (0850 local Saturday morning): A Be36 “landed gear up into a field” at Houma, Louisiana. The two aboard were unhurt and airplane damage is “unknown”. N72PL (E-3726) is a 2006 G36 registered in Olive Branch, Mississippi.

(“Engine failure during takeoff/initial climb“ — the online Aviation Safety Network provides more detail: 

The aircraft lost engine power during take-off from Houma–Terrebonne Airport, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, forcing it to make an emergency belly landing at the end of the runway. The aircraft sustained minor damage and there were no reported injures among the occupants.)

7/9 1530Z (1030 local Monday morning): A Be45’s “aileron and wingtip struck [the] ground” while landing at Dallas, Texas. The two aboard were unhurt despite “substantial” damage to the T-34. N6894C may be a misprint because it does not appear on the FAA registry.

(“Loss of directional control while landing”; “Substantial damage”)

7/9 1915Z (1515 local Monday afternoon): A Be76 “struck runway lights” while landing at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Duchess then “taxied to [the] ramp without further incident.” The solo pilot was unhurt despite “substantial" airplane damage. N66340 (ME-241) is/was a 1979 Duchess registered in Fort Lauderdale.

(“Loss of directional control while landing”; “Substantial damage”)

7/9 1955Z (1555 local Monday afternoon): A Be35 “landed in a field” near Tazewell, Tennessee. The solo pilot was not injured. Airplane damage is “Unknown”. N5001B (D-4270) is/was a 1955 F35 registered in Deland, Florida.

(“Engine faiklure in flight”—my guess anyhow, from the circumstances and the lack of apparent thrust on the propeller blades at impact as seen in these press report photos. It appears the pilot did a good job of maintaining control up to and through the crash.)

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

There are no newly posted piston Beechcraft NTSB preliminary reports this week.

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2018 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2018:

Total reported: 77 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  42 reports 
Operation in IMC:    4 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  31 reports
Operation at night: 6 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  3 reports 
Fatal accidents:  13 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  10 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   17 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be36 Bonanza  15 reports  
Be35 Bonanza  12 reports 
Be55 Baron  11 reports  
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  9 reports
Be58 Baron  9 reports     
Be76 Duchess  5 reports   
Be17 Staggering  2 reports 
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom III  2 reports 
Be24 Sierra  2 reports
Be45 (T-34) Mentor  2 reports
Be50 Twin Bonanza  2 reports
Be95 Travel Air  2 reports  
Be60 Duke  1 report
Be77 Skipper  1 report 

Be18 Twin Beech  0 reports
Be19 Sport  0 reports               
Be56 Baron  0 reports       

(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps (32 reports)

Gear collapse during landing  
(18 reports: Be24; two Be33s; Be35; four Be36s; Be45; six Be55s; Be58; Be60; Be95)  

Gear up landing  
(8 reports: Be33; Be35; two Be36s; Be55; Be58; two Be76s)

Gear up landing/known mechanical failure
(3 reports: Be33; Be55; Be76) 

Gear collapse during takeoff (1 report: Be35)

Pilot inadvertently retracted gear during landing (1 report: Be35)

Settled after takeoff/gear up touchdown (1 report: Be35)

Gear collapse during touch-and-go (1 report: Be33)

Landing gear collapse during landing//known mechanical failure   
Gear up landing or gear collapse/alternator/electrical failure  
Gear collapse during taxi  
Gear collapse on the ground 

Nosewheel separation after takeoff  

Engine failure (13 reports)

Engine failure during takeoff/initial climb  
(5 reports: Be33; Be35, two Be36s; Be77)

Engine failure in flight  
(3 reports: Be33; Be35; Be36)

Catastrophic engine failure in flight  
(2 reports: both Be36s)

Engine fire in flight  (1 report: Be50)

Rough running engine/forced landing (1 report: Be36)

Engine failure during approach/landing (1 report: Be36)

Partial power loss immediately after takeoff  
Engine failure immediately after takeoff/multiengine aircraft  
Engine failure during missed approach in IMC  
Fuel starvation 

Impact during landing (9 reports) 

Loss of control during touch-and-go (3 reports: Be17; Be23; Be24) 

Loss of directional control during landing (3 reports: Be36; Be45; Be76)

Loss of directional control during landing/Snow/Ice (1 report: Be36)

Hard landing (1 report: Be55) 

Loss of control during landing/porpoising/Pilot-Induced Oscillation  (1 report: Be58)

Propeller strike during landing  (1 report: Be55)

Landed long/runway overrun  
Landed short/Collision with obstacle on final approach  
Collision with animal on runway
Collision with obstacle on runway   


Impact during takeoff (5 reports)

Loss of directional control during takeoff
(2 reports: Be35; Be36)

Collision with another aircraft on the runway  (1 report: Be36)

Collision with animal on the runway  (1 report: Be33)

Runway overrun/delayed takeoff abort  (1 report: Be58)

Runway overrun/failure to climb during takeoff 

Loss of control in flight (LOC-I) (4 reports)

Loss of control/single engine go-around  (1 report: Be95)

Loss of Control/Attempted visual flight in IMC/night  (1 report: Be35)

Loss of control in maneuvering flight  (1 report: Be76)

Loss of control maneuvering in the traffic pattern  (1 report: Be36)

Miscellaneous  (3 reports)(0 reports)

Taxi into object/another aircraft  
(2 reports: Be35, Be58) 

Fire/explosion in flight (1 report: Be58)

Taxiway excursion  
Autopilot/trim/control system malfunction  
Fixed landing gear failure during landing   
Bird strike


Control vibration/flutter (1 report)

Vibration during descent, subsequently found tail damage  (1 report: Be35) 

Controlled Flight into Terrain (1 report)

Airframe ice accumulation  (1 report: Be33)

Controlled Flight into Terrain/Mountainous/Rapidly Rising Terrain 

Unknown (9 reports)

(8 reports: Be33; three Be35s; Be36; Be55; two Be58s)  

Climb/Unknown  (1 report: Be58) 

Forced landing/unknown  
Runway excursion/unknown 

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