Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

7/2/2020 – 7/8/2020 

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.  ©2020 Mastery Flight Training, Inc.  All Rights Reserved

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New reports this week

7/2 2000Z (1600 local Thursday afternoon): A Be76 “crashed on takeoff” from Crystal River, Florida. The two aboard were not injured; airplane damage is “unknown”. N20131 (ME-82) is a 1978 Duchess registered in New York, New York.

(“Takeoff/unknown”—perhaps we’ll learn more later)

7/5 0300Z (2200 local Saturday night 7/4): A Be35 “experienced engine failure and struck hay bales during landing at a ranch,” near Ravenna, Texas. The two aboard escaped injury despite “substantial” airplane damage. N4291B (D-4249) is a 1955 F35 registered in Toas, New Mexico.

(“Engine failure in flight”; “Substantial damage”; “Night”—this was a pretty amazing job, putting it down in a field at night.)

7/5 1724Z (0824 local Sunday morning): A Be23 “lost power during climbout” at Sedona, Arizona. The pilot “made a forced landing on a highway.” The two aboard were unhurt despite “substantial” aircraft damage. N8868M (M-606) is a 1964 A23 Musketeer registered in Gilbert, Arizona.

(“Engine failure during/immediately after takeoff”; “Substantial damage”—a reader sent me a note saying the pilot told reporters the airplane “could not get lift” and did not mention engine problems. Referencing the FAA preliminary report, he apparently later told the FAA the engine was not operating properly prior to the off-airport landing. The Sedona airport is well known for tricky wind conditions and high density altitudes. The pilot is based in the Phoenix area, and therefore should be familiar with leaning for maximum horsepower for takeoff. The local source also wrote, "At least one person was taken away by ambulance with apparently non-life-threatening injuries.”).

7/6 1720Z (1220 local Monday afternoon): A Be33 “veered off the runway after [its] left [landing] gear collapsed,” during landing at Redmond, Oregon. The two aboard were unhurt; airplane damage is “unknown”. N727P (CE-425) is a 1973 F33A registered in Bend, Oregon.

(“Gear collapse during landing”) 


New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

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


2020 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2020:

Total reported: 68 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC: 40 reports 
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  28 reports
Operation at night: 2 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  2 reports 
Fatal accidents:  7 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  13 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   10 reports

 

BEECH AERO CLUB Series:  11 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner  5 reports
Be76 Duchess 3 reports 
Be24 Custom III/Sierra  2 reports 
Be77 Skipper

Be19 Sport.

Total reported 2020:  11 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  6 reports 
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  5 reports
Operation at night: 0 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  1 report 
Fatal accidents:  0 reports

Aircraft damage

“Substantial” damage:  5 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   1 report

 

PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF CAUSE 

(all subject to update per official findings):

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS   1 reports 

Engine failure in flight  1 report

Engine failure in flight/known mechanical cause/cylinder separation  1 report (Be24)


OTHER EVENTS    8 reports

Impact during landing  2 reports

Loss of directional control during landing  1 report (Be23) 

Landed short   1 report (Be23)

Loss of control during go-around/simulated single-engine flight  1 report (Be76)


Engine failure  3 reports

Engine failure during/immediately after takeoff   
2 reports (both Be23s)

Engine failures in flight   1 report (Be23)


Landing gear related mishaps  1 report

Gear up landing  1 report (Be24)


Impact during takeoff  2 report

Loss of directional control during takeoff   1 report (Be76)

Takeoff/unknown. 1 report (Be76)


Unknown  1 report 

Collision with terrain/unknown   1 report (Be77)

 

BONANZA/BARON Series:   53 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be35 Bonanza  21 reports 
Be36  17 reports 
Be33 Debonair/Bonanza  7 reports
Be58 Baron  4 reports 
Be55 Baron  2 reports
Be95 Travel Air 2 reports

Be56 Turbo Baron

Total reported 2020:  53 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  30 reports 
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  23 reports
Operation at night: 2 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  1 report
Fatal accidents:  7 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  6 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   9 reports

 

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

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS    7 reports

Engine failure  2 reports

Power loss during takeoff/pilot failed to abort takeoff  1 report (Be33)

Engine failure in flight—fuel loss in flight  1 report (Be33)


Impact during takeoff/initial climb  1 report 

Failed to reject takeoff/failed to attain climb/runway overrun 1 report (Be36)


Midair collision  1 report 

Midair collision in cruise flight. 1 report (Be95)


Unknown causes  3 reports

Crash/unknown  
2 reports (Be35; Be36)

Traffic pattern/unknown   1 report (Be33)


OTHER EVENTS    42 reports

Landing gear-related mishaps  22 reports

Gear up landing 
10 reports (two Be33s; six Be35s; Be36; Be58)

Gear collapse during landing  
7 reports (two Be33s; three Be35s; Be36; Be55)

Partial gear extension—mechanical failure
2 reports (Be36; Be95)

Gear collapse during landing/tow bar attached/nose gear damage 1 report (Be58)

Gear up landing/electrical failure in flight  1 report (Be36)

Gear up landing/electrical failure, gear crank inaccessible 1 report (Be36)


Engine failure  11 reports

Engine failure in flight   
6 reports (four Be35s; two Be36s)

Fuel starvation   2 reports (both Be35s)

Engine failure in flight/known mechanical cause/cylinder separation  1 report (Be35)

Engine failure on final approach  1 report (Be35)

Engine failure in flight/known mechanical cause/suspected crankshaft failure  1 report (Be35)


Impact during landing  6 reports

Landed long/runway overrun  
4 reports (two Be35s; two Be36s)

Collision with object during landing   1 report (Be36)

Hard landing   1 report (Be58)


Impact during takeoff  1 report

Loss of directional control during takeoff  1 report (Be36)


Miscellaneous/Unknown  5 reports

Bird strike on final approach 
2 reports (both Be36s)

Collision with object during taxi   1 report (Be55)

Electrical fire/precautionary gear up landing   1 report (Be33)

Blown tire during landing   1 report (Be58)


MISCELLANEOUS Models:  5 reports 

Be50 Twin Bonanza   2 reports
Be60 Duke  2 reports
Be45 Mentor/T-34  1 report 

Be17 Staggerwing
Be18 Twin Beech/Expeditor/Kansan
Be65 Queen Air

 

Total reported 2020: 5 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  3 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):  1 report 
Fatal accidents:  0 reports

Aircraft damage

“Substantial” damage:  1 report
Aircraft “destroyed”:   0 reports

 

PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF CAUSE 

(all subject to update per official findings):

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS   1 report

Engine failure 1 report

Fuel exhaustion—dual engine failure in flight   1 report (Be60)


OTHER EVENTS   4 reports

Engine failure  2 reports

Engine failure in flight  1 report (Be45)

Engine failure on final approach  1 report (Be50)


Landing gear related mishaps

Gear collapse during landing   1 report (Be60)


Miscellaneous

Bird strike   1 report (Be50)

 

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