Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

7/30/2020 – 8/5/2020 

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

8/3 1830Z (1330 local Monday afternoon): A Be36 landed gear up at Sioux City, Iowa. The two aboard were unhurt and airplane damage is “unknown”. N67CD (E-2554) is a 1990 A36 registered in Dakota Dunes, California.

(“Gear up landing”)

8/3 1839Z (1139 local Monday morning): A Be33 landed gear up at Watsonville, California. The solo pilot was unhurt and airplane damage was “minor”. N8231L (CE-1604) is a 1991 F33A registered in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

(“Gear up landing”)


New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

7/18 Beech A23-24 throttle control failure during a night flight at Burns Flat, Oklahoma. The NTSB reports:

The pilot reported that while established in cruise flight the airplane experienced a gradual loss of engine power. He was unable to restore engine power by switching fuel tanks, turning on the fuel boost pump, and advancing the throttle, mixture, and propeller controls full forward. The pilot stated that he turned on the landing light and made a forced landing in a grass field. The pilot reported that after touchdown the airplane traversed over 3 large terraces, and that the main landing gear collapsed when he tried to swerve the airplane to avoid a tree. The horizontal stabilizer and both wings were substantially damaged during the forced landing.

The airplane was examined at the accident site by a Federal Aviation Administration airworthiness inspector. Both wing fuel tanks contained about 25 gallons of 100 low-lead aviation fuel. The throttle control was very loose when moved by hand in the cockpit. A visual inspection of the fuel servo revealed that the throttle linkage was not connected to the throttle control rod-end. The retaining bolt, washer, and self-locking nut were not located during the investigation. 

Change Egnine failure in flight to Engine failure in flight/throttle linkage failure."



2020 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2020:

Total reported: 83 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC: 49 reports 
Operation in IMC:    1 report  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  33 reports
Operation at night: 3 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  2 reports 
Fatal accidents:  8 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  17 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   11 reports

 

BEECH AERO CLUB Series:  16 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner  8 reports
Be76 Duchess 5 reports 
Be24 Custom III/Sierra  2 reports 
Be77 Skipper 1 report

Be19 Sport.

Total reported 2020:  16 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  10 reports 
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  6 reports
Operation at night: 1 report    

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

Engine failure in flight  1 report

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


OTHER EVENTS    13 reports

Impact during landing  3 reports

Loss of directional control during landing 
2 reports (both Be23s) 

Landed short   1 report (Be23)

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


Engine failure  4 reports

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

Engine failure in flight   1 report (Be23)

Engine failure in flight/throttle linkage failure   1 report (Be23)


Landing gear related mishaps  3 reports

Gear up landing  
2 reports (Be24; Be76)

Gear collapse during landing   1 report (Be76)


Impact during takeoff  2 report

Loss of directional control during takeoff   1 report (Be76)

Loss of directional control during takeoff/simulated engine failure 1 report (Be76)


Miscellaneous  1 report 

Brake failure/taxiway excursion   1 report (Be23)


Unknown  1 report 

Collision with terrain/unknown   1 report (Be77)

 

BONANZA/BARON Series:   63 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be35 Bonanza  24 reports 
Be36  20 reports 
Be33 Debonair/Bonanza  10 reports
Be58 Baron  4 reports 
Be55 Baron  3 reports
Be95 Travel Air 2 reports

Be56 Turbo Baron

Total reported 2020:  63 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  35 reports 
Operation in IMC:    1 report  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  27 reports
Operation at night: 2 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  1 report
Fatal accidents:  8 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  8 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   10 reports

 

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

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS    8 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)


Loss of control inflight

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


Unknown causes  3 reports

Crash/unknown  
2 reports (Be35; Be36)

Traffic pattern/unknown   1 report (Be33)


OTHER EVENTS    51 reports

Landing gear-related mishaps  26 reports

Gear up landing 
12 reports (three Be33s; six Be35s; two Be36s; Be58)

Gear collapse during landing  
10 reports (three Be33s; five 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  13 reports

Engine failure in flight   
6 reports (three Be35s; three Be36s)

Fuel starvation   2 reports (both Be35s)

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

Engine failure in flight/suspected valve failure   1 report (Be35)

Engine failure during/immediately after takeoff  1 report (Be36)

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  7 reports

Bird strike on final approach 
2 reports (both Be36s)

Collision with object during taxi   1 report (Be55)

Loss of directional control during taxi   1 report (Be55)

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

Electrical system failur ein flight/off-airport landing   1 report (Be35)

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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