Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

12/7/2018 through 12/12/2018

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

12/6 1715Z (1215 local Thursday afternoon): A Be35 “landed in a field” near Mitter, Georgia. The pilot, alone in the airplane, was not hurt; airplane damage is “unknown”. N3203C (D-3876) is/was a 1954 E35 registered in Port Orange, Florida.

(“Engine failure in flight”)

12/6 2026Z (1226 local Thursday afternoon): A Be36 landed short and collided with an airport fence, at Los Banos, California. The solo pilot escaped injury despite “substantial” airplane damage. N361TC (EA-139) is/was a 1980 A36TC registered in Los Gatos, California.

("Landed short/Collision with obstacle on final approach”; “Substantial damage”)

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

There are no newly posted piston Beechcraft NTSB reprots this week.

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2018 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2018:

Total reported: 140 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  74 reports 
Operation in IMC:    5 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  62 reports
Operation at night: 11 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  6 reports 
Fatal accidents:  19 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  27 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   23 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be35 Bonanza  34 reports  
Be36 Bonanza  29 reports
Be55 Baron  18 reports 
Be58 Baron  18 reports 
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  17 reports      
Be76 Duchess  5 reports   
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom III  3 reports 
Be24 Sierra  3 reports
Be17 Staggering  2 reports 
Be45 (T-34) Mentor  2 reports
Be50 Twin Bonanza  2 reports
Be95 Travel Air  2 reports  
Be60 Duke  1 report
Be77 Skipper  1 report          

(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps (49 reports)

Gear collapse during landing  
(23 reports: Be24; two Be33s; two Be35s; six Be36s; Be45; eight Be55s; Be58; Be60; Be95)  

Gear up landing  
(18 reports: Be33; six Be35s; three Be36s; three Be55s; three Be58s; two Be76s)

Gear up landing/known mechanical failure
(4 reports: Be33; Be35; Be55; Be76) 

Gear collapse during takeoff (1 report: Be35)

Pilot inadvertently retracted gear during landing (1 report: Be35)

Settled after takeoff/gear up touchdown (1 report: Be35)

Gear collapse during touch-and-go (1 report: Be33)

Gear collapse during taxi  (1 report: Be35)

Engine failure (30 reports)

Engine failure in flight  
(12 reports: four Be33s; four Be35s; four Be36s)

Engine failure during takeoff/initial climb  
(7 reports: two Be33s; Be35, three Be36s; Be77)

Catastrophic engine failure in flight  
(3 reports: all Be36s)

Engine failure during approach/landing
(2 reports: both Be36s)

Engine fire in flight  (1 report: Be50)

Rough running engine/forced landing (1 report: Be36)

Partial power loss immediately after takeoff  (1 report: Be33)

Fuel starvation  (1 report: Be35)

Fuel starvation/fuel selector mechanical failure  (1 report: Be36)

Fuel exhaustion (1 report: Be33)

Impact during landing (25 reports) 

Loss of directional control during landing
(5 reports: Be33; Be35; Be36; Be45; Be76)

Hard landing
(5 reports: Be24; Be35; Be36; two Be55s) 

Landed short/Collision with obstacle on final approach 
(4 reports: Be33; Be35; two Be36s)

Loss of control during touch-and-go
(3 reports: Be17; Be23; Be24) 

Landed long/runway overrun  
(3 reports: two Be35s; Be58) 

Propeller strike during landing  
(2 reports: Be55; Be58)

Loss of control during landing/porpoising/Pilot-Induced Oscillation  
(2 reports: Be23; Be58)

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

Impact during takeoff (6 reports)

Loss of directional control during takeoff
(2 reports: Be35; Be36)

Runway overrun/delayed takeoff abort  
(2 reports: Be35; Be58)

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

Collision with animal on the runway  (1 report: Be33)

Loss of control in flight (LOC-I) (5 reports)

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

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

Loss of control in maneuvering flight  (1 report: Be76)

Loss of control maneuvering in the traffic pattern  (1 report: Be36)

Loss of control in flight - Ice (1 report: Be55)

Miscellaneous  (13 reports)(0 reports)

Taxi into object/another aircraft  
(6 reports: two Be35s; Be36; Be55; two Be58s) 

Bird strike
(2 reports: both Be58s)

Struck by taxiing aircraft
(2 reports: Be35; Be58)

Fire/explosion in flight (1 report: Be58)

Inflight control failure  (1 report: Be35)

Fire during taxi  (1 report: Be35)


Controlled Flight into Terrain (2 reports)

Airframe ice accumulation  (1 report: Be33)

Controlled descent into obstacles—low pass over runway to check landing gear position (1 report: Be35)

Control vibration/flutter (1 report)

Vibration during descent, subsequently found tail damage  (1 report: Be35) 

Unknown (14 reports)

(10 reports: two Be33s; four Be35s; two Be36s; Be55; two Be58s)  

Forced landing/Unknown (1 report: Be33)

Climb/Unknown  (1 report: Be58)   

Approach/unknown (1 report: Be60) 

Emergency/unknown  (1 report: Be35)


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