Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 9/9/2021 – 9/15/2021 

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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From unofficial sources

9/11 1400Z (1500 local Saturday afternoon): A Be18 “crashed under unknown circumstances” during an attempted takeoff at an airshow at Melun-Villarouches Airfield (LFPM), France. “the pilot sustained minor injuries and two passengers were unhurt.” The airplane has “unknown” damage. F-AZEJ (BA-359) is an E18S registered in France. 

Video and still images on this industry website show the airplane lose directional control during the takeoff roll, swerving back and forth before lifting into the air as it rolled to the left and scraped its wing tip. The airplane then came to rest in the airport infield. It appears the Twin Beech’s right main gear collapsed before the aircraft came to rest. 

(“Loss of directional control on takeoff”)


New reports this week

9/6 1800Z (1300 local Monday afternoon): A Be58 landed gear up at Gallatin, Missouri. The solo pilot was unhurt; airplane damage is “minor”. N407RS (TH-593) is a 1975 Baron 58 registered in Albany, Missouri. 

(“Gear up landing”)

9/8 1830Z (1230 local Wednesday afternoon): A Be60 landed gear up at Rife, Colorado. The Duke’s solo pilot was unhurt; airplane damage is “unknown.” N22JY (P-569) is a 1981 B60 registered in Denver, Colorado.

(“Gear up landing”)

9/10 1430Z (0730 local Friday morning): A Be36 landed gear up at Yucca Valley, California. The two aboard weren’t hurt; airplane damage is “unknown”. N64Z (E-918) is a 1976 A36 registered in Thousand Palms, California.

(“Gear up landing”)

9/11 2000Z (1400 local Saturday afternoon): A Be33 departed Baker, Nevada. It “experienced engine failure, made an emergency landing in the desert and [its] nose gear collapsed.” The solo pilot was not injured. Airplane damage is “unknown”. N8983M (CD-733) is a 1964 B33 registered in Kalispel, Montana.

(“Engine failure in flight”) 

9/11 2049Z (1349 local Saturday afternoon): A Be35 landed gear up at Santa Paula, California. The solo pilot was unhurt; airplane damage is “minor”. N997BC (D-7761) is a 1964 S35 registered in Astoria, Oregon.

(“Gear up landing”)

9/12 2040Z (1540 local Sunday afternoon): A Be76 landed gear up at Council Bluffs, Iowa. Both persons aboard escaped injury. Airplane damage is “unknown”. N1816N (ME-418) is a Duchess registered in Muscatine, Iowa.

(“Gear up landing”)

9/13 1510Z (0910 local Monday morning): A Be24 “crashed into a marsh after takeoff” at St. Augustine, Florida. All three aboard the Sierra were unhurt. Airplane damage is “unknown”. N5246M (MC-564) was a 1978 C24R registered in Saint Augustine.

(“Takeoff/unknown”; “Airplane destroyed”—an industry report states the three each have “minor” injuries, and include photos that make it pretty clear the airplane was destroyed.)

9/13 2050Z (1350 local Monday afternoon): A Be58 departed Palo Alto, California, then “attempted to return to the airport” and “landed in a marsh.” The pilot, alone in the airplane, escaped unhurt. The airplane suffered “substantial” damage. N162DF (TJ-403) was a 1982 58P registered in Atherton, California.

(“Dual engine failure shortly after takeoff”; “Airplane destroyed”—both based on the Air Traffic Control recording, which was linked here. The pilot reported one engine quit first, then the other—this suggests a fuel quantity issue, a fuel delivery issue, or a misfueling incident. The Baron's left wing was sheared off during impact, which followed the P-Baron striking elevated lines.)


New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

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


2021 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2021:

Total reported: 120 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC: 67 reports 
Operation in IMC:    2 reports 
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  50 reports
Operation at night: 6 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  5 reports 
Fatal accidents:  11 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  19 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   16 reports

 

BEECH AERO CLUB Series: 19 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner  7 reports
Be24 Custom III/Sierra  6 reports
Be76 Duchess 
   3 reports 
Be19 Sport   2 reports 
Be77 Skipper. 1 report


Total reported 2021:  19 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  14 reports 
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  5 reports
Operation at night: 1 report    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  1 report 
Fatal accidents:  3 reports

Aircraft damage

“Substantial” damage:  7 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   1 report

 

PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF CAUSE 

(all subject to update per official findings):

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS   4 reports 

Impact during takeoff   2 reports

Takeoff/Unknown   1 report (Be23)

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


Engine failure  2 reports

Engine failure in flight   1 report (Be24)

Engine failure/loss of control in flight   1 report (Be23)


OTHER EVENTS    16 reports

Landing gear-related mishaps.  6 reports

Gear up landing  
4 reports (Be24; three Be76s)

Gear collpase during landing   1 report (Be24)

Landing gear mechanical failure during landing   1 report (Be24)


Impact during landing   3 reports

Hard landing   
3 reports (two Be23s; Be24)


Impact during takeoff   3 reports

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

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

Takeoff/unknown   1 report (Be24)


Engine failure   2 reports 

Engine failure in flight   1 report (Be23)

Engine failure immediately after takeoff   1 report (Be77)


Miscellaneous

Taxi into obstacle   1 report (Be77)



BONANZA/BARON Series:   95 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be35 Bonanza   35 reports 
Be36 Bonanza   24 reports 
Be33 Debonair/Bonanza   12 reports    
Be55 Baron   12 reports 
Be58 Baron   10 reports
Be95 Travel Air 
  3 reports      

Be56 Turbo Baron


Total reported 2021:  95 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  52 reports 
Operation in IMC:    2 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  41 reports
Operation at night: 4 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  4 reports
Fatal accidents:  8 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  10 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   14 reports

 

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

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS    10 reports

Engine failure   5 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 descent   1 report (Be36)

Engine failure during approach/landing   1 report (Be36)


Impact during/immediately after takeoff  3 reports  

Takeoff/unknown   1 report (Be58)

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

Stall during takeoff/high density altitude  1 report (Be33)


Impact during approach/landing/go-around  2 reports

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

Loss of directional control during landing   1 report (Be55)


Loss of Control in Flight (LOC-I)  2 reports

Loss of control in flight/Attempted visual flight in IMC/night   1 report (Be33)

Stall during attempted go-around   1 report (Be35)


Miscellaneous   1 reports

Controlled flight into terrain   1 report (Be36)



OTHER EVENTS    81 reports

Landing gear-related mishaps   36 reports

Gear up landing  
18 reports (four Be33s; seven Be35s; four Be36s; two Be55s; Be58) 

Gear collapse during landing  
16 reports (Be33; six Be35s; three Be36s; two Be55s; three Be58s; 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  18 reports

Engine failure in flight  
7 reports (two Be33s; three Be35s; two Be36s)

Engine failure immediately after takeoff  
4 reports (three Be36s; Be58)

Catastrophic engine failure in flight  
2 reports (Be35; Be36)

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

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

Engine fire in flight   1 report (Be35)

Fuel exhaustion   1 report (Be33)

Dual engine failure shortly after takeoff   1 report (Be58)


Impact during approach/landing   8 reports

Hard landing   
2 reports (both Be35)

Loss of directional control during landing  
2 reports (Be35; Be55)

Landed short  
2 reports (both Be35s)

Landed long   1 report (Be35)

Collision with object during landing  1 report (Be36)


Impact during/immediately after takeoff   6 reports  

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

Loss of directional control during takeoff   1 report (Be95)

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

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

Runway overrun/unknown   1 report (Be36)


Miscellaneous causes/Other   8 reports

Taxi into obstacle/other aircraft   
6 reports (two Be35s; Be55; two Be58s; Be95)

Bird strike  
4 reports (Be36; two Be55s; Be58)

Takeoff with tow bar attached   1 report (Be55)

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


MISCELLANEOUS Models:  6 reports 

Be18 Twin Beech/Expeditor/Kansan   3 reports
Be17 Staggerwing   1 report
Be65 Queen Air   1 report
Be60 Duke   1 report

Be45 Mentor/T-34
Be50 Twin Bonanza   

 

Total reported 2021: 6 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  4 reports
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  2 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:  2 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   6 reports

Impact during takeoff

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

Loss of directional control during takeoff   1 report (Be18)


Impact on landing   

Loss of directional control during landing   1 report (Be18)

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


Landing gear-related mishaps   1 report

Gear up landing   1 report (Be60)


Miscellaneous

Wing explosion on start-up   1 report (Be65)

 

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