Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

5/10/2018 through 5/16/2018

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


New reports this week

5/10 1904Z (1404 local Thursday afternoon): A Be55’s landing gear collapsed during lanidng at Easton, Maryland. The three aboaerd the Baron were unhurt; airplane damage is “unknown”. N999HT (TC-1607) is/was a 1973 B55 registered in Easton.

(“Gear collapse during landing”)

5/15 0115Z (1915 local Monday evening 5/14): A Be33 “experienced an engine failure and crashed” at Jacksonville, Alabama. The solo pilot has “serious” injuries; the airplane has “substantial” damage. N486T (CD-311) is/was a 1961 A33 registered in Peachtree City, Georgia. 

(“Engine failure in flight”; “Serious injuries”; “Substantial damage”)

5/15 0035Z (1835 local Monday evening): A Be23 “made an emergency landing” at Fort Worth, Texas. The two aboard the “personal” flight report no injuries; airplane damage is not quantified but the FAA notes “Fire” in that place. N1470L (M-866) is/was a 1965 A23 registered in Fort Worth.

(“Forced landing/unknown”—I could not find any further information about this event. Anyone?)

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

5/4 A36 engine failure in cruise flight at Shullsburg, Wisconsin. "The pilot reported that the airplane was in cruise flight at 7,000 ft mean sea level when he heard an unusual noise from the engine. Shortly afterward, the engine lost power. He subsequently executed a forced landing to an open field. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower fuselage.” Add “substantial damage”.


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2018 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2018:

Total reported: 44 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  15 reports 
Operation in IMC:    4 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  23 reports
Operation at night: 4 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  3 reports 
Fatal accidents:  9 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  7 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   10 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be55 Baron  9 reports
Be35 Bonanza  8 reports
Be36 Bonanza  7 reports    
Be58 Baron  5 reports
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  4 reports  
Be76 Duchess  3 reports 
Be50 Twin Bonanza  2 reports  
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom III  1 report
Be24 Sierra  1 report  
Be60 Duke  1 report
Be77 Skipper  1 report 
Be95 Travel Air  1 report

Be17 Staggering  0 reports 
Be18 Twin Beech  0 reports
Be19 Sport  0 reports
Be45 (T-34) Mentor  0 reports              
Be56 Baron  0 reports       

(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps (18 reports)

Gear collapse during landing  
(9 reports: Be35; Be36; five Be55s; Be58; Be60)  

Gear up landing  
(5 reports: Be35; Be36; Be55; two Be76s)

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

Gear collapse during takeoff (1 report: Be35)

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

Nosewheel separation after takeoff  

Engine failure (7 reports)

Engine failure during takeoff/initial climb  
(3 reports: Be35, Be36; Be77)

Engine failure in flight  
(2 reports: Be33; Be36)

Engine fire in flight  (1 report: Be50)

Catastrophic engine failure in flight  (1 report: Be36)

Engine failure during approach/landing  
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 (5 reports) 

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

Loss of control during touch-and-go/tail strike (1 report: Be24)

Hard landing (I 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   


Loss of control in flight (LOC-I) (2 reports)

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

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

Impact during takeoff (1 report)

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

Loss of directional control during takeoff  
Runway overrun/failure to climb during takeoff  

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 

Miscellaneous  (1 report)(0 reports)

Taxi into object/another aircraft  (1 report: Be58) 

Bird strike  
Taxiway excursion  
Autopilot/trim/control system malfunction  
Fixed landing gear failure during landing  
Fire in flight (system unknown)  

Unknown (7 reports)

(6 reports: Be33; two Be35s; Be36; Be55; two Be58s)  

Forced landing/unknown  
Runway excursion/unknown 


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