Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

6/15/2017 through 6/21/2017

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

6/15 2129Z (1729 local Thursday evening): A Be18’s gear collapsed during landing at Lantana, Florida. The Twin Beech’s pilot and passenger were unhurt; the airplane has “unknown” damage. N911E (BA-10) is/was a 1954 E18S recently registered to a Wilmington, Delaware corporation. 

(“Gear collapse during landing”)

6/18 0129Z (2129 local Saturday evening 6/17): A Be45’s landing gear collapsed during arrival at Bowling Green, Kentucky. The two aboard escaped injury; damage to the T-34 is “unknown”. N617KG (BG-279) is/was a D45, year unknown, registered in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

(“Gear collapse during landing”)


New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

6/9 fatal C55 crash at Mountain Ranch, California. The preliminary report provides no additional information on this “overdue aircraft”, “crash/unknown” event, other than that there appears to have been fuel in the airplane when it collided with terrain during a planned 20-minute flight, and that conditions were VMC at the time of the crash.

2017 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2017:

Total reported: 67 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  29 reports 
Operation in IMC:    2 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  34 reports
Operation at night: 6 reports    

Most Serious Injury
Fatal accidents:  7 reports 
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  3 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  12 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   10 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be35 Bonanza  12 reports 
Be55 Baron  10 reports 
Be36 Bonanza  8 reports     
Be58 Baron  8 reports
Be76 Duchess  5 reports  
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom III  4 reports 
Be 19 Sport  3 reports 
Be18 Twin Beech  3 reports
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  3 reports 
Be45 (T-34) Mentor  3 reports 
Be17 Staggering  2 reports      
Be24 Sierra  2 reports
Be60 Duke  2 reports    
Be95 Travel Air  2 reports  

(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps (34 reports; 51% of total reports)

Gear collapse during landing  
14 reports (two Be18s; Be33; three Be35s; two Be36s; two Be45s; Be55; two Be58s; Be60; Be95)

Gear up landing  
11 reports (two Be24s; Be33; two Be35s; Be36; two Be58s; two Be76s; Be95)

Landing gear collapse during landing//known mechanical failure  
2 reports (both Be55)

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 (11 reports; 16% of total reports)

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

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

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

Loss of control during landing  1 report (Be55)

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

Hard landing  1 report (Be19)

Landing/unknown  1 report (Be23)

Engine failure (8 reports; 12% of total reports)

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

Engine failure during takeoff/initial climb 1 report (Be36)

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)

Miscellaneous (5 reports: 7% 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; 4% 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; 4% 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)

Unknown (3 reports; 4% of total reports)

3 reports (Be17; Be55; Be58)

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