Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

7/11/2019 through 7/17/2019

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.  © 2019 Mastery Flight Training, Inc.  All Rights Reserved


New reports this week

7/11 1430Z (0930 local Thursday morning): A Be58 struck a deer during the landing rollout at Heber Springs, Arkansas. The solo pilot was unhurt and airplane damage is “minor”. N324EA (TH-2452) is a 2015 G58 registered in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

("Struck animal on runway duting landing”)

7/14 1348Z (0948 local): A Be35 made an “emergency landing” due to “fuel starvation,” at Mt Zion, Illinois. The two aboard the Bonanza were not hurt; airplane daamge is “unknown”. N7289B (D-5649) is a 1958 J35 registered in Fort Worth, Texas.

(“Fuel starvation”—local news reports “they were in the air about half an hour when the plain [sic] started sputtering.A second report says "the pilot and a passenger took off from the Decatur Airport and had been flying for a half hour when the plane started sputtering like it wasn't getting fuel.” It goes on to say "when the pilot glided the plane down to land on McDonald Road the landing gear did not completely deploy causing the propeller to make contact with the roadway, sending the airplane into the ditch.)

7/16 1750Z (1050 local Tuesday morning): A Be33’s landing gear collapsed following touchdown at Carlsbad, California. The solo pilot was not hurt and airplane damage is “minor”. N18429 (CE-937) is a 1981 F33A registered in Yuma, Arizona.

(“Gear collapse during landing”)

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

6/27 E55 loss of control that killed the pilot and one person in the house into which the Baron crashed, and seriously injured a second occupant of the house. The report states:

While on the right base leg of the traffic pattern, the pilot reported control issues with the airplane and no further communications were received from the accident flight. 

The report mentions prominently a history of perhaps spurious AHRS indications in the upgraded Baron, and the pilot’s heavy reliance on the autopilot, but stops short of drawing any conclusions at this point.

7/5 fatal A36 engine failure at Chebanse, Illinois.

2019 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2019:

Total reported: 81 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  57 reports 
Operation in IMC:    6 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  18 reports
Operation at night: 1 report    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  1 report 
Fatal accidents:  17 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  21 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   21 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be35 Bonanza  23 reports
Be36 Bonanza  20 reports
Be55 Baron  8 reports 
Be58 Baron  6 reports
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  5 reports 
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner  4 reports 
Be60 Duke  4 reports  
Be50 Twin Bonanza  2 reports  
Be65 Queen Air  2 reports
Be76 Duchess  2 reports
Be19 Sport  1 report
Be24 Sierra  1 report
Be45 Mentor  1 report
Be95 Travel Air  1 report
Bonanza (model unknown)  1 report


(all subject to update per official findings):

Landing gear-related mishaps (25 reports)

Gear up landing  
12 reports (Be33; five Be35s; Be36; Be45; two Be55s; Be76; Bonanza model unknown) 

Gear collapse during landing  
10 reports: (Be24; Be33; four Be35s; four Be36s) 

Gear collapse—incomplete extension  
2 reports: (Be35; Be58)

Gear collapse during taxi  (1 report: Be35)

Engine failure (25 reports)

Engine failure in flight  
12 reports (two Be23s; three Be35s; six Be36s; Be60)

Fuel starvation  
4 reports (Be35; two Be36s; Be55)

Engine failure during takeoff  
2 reports (Be19; Be35)

Engine fire in flight  
2 reports (Be36; Be60)

Engine failure during return to airport/door open after takeoff  1 report (Be35)

Engine failure during approach/landing  1 report (Be35)

Engine failure shortly after takeoff/stall  1 report (Be50)

Dual engine failure in flight/suspected fuel contamination  1 report (Be50)

Cylinder separation in flight  1 report (Be33)

Impact during landing (8 reports) 

Loss of directional control during landing  
4 reports (Be23; three Be36s)

Hard landing  
2 reports (both Be55s)

Landed short  1 report (Be65)

Blown tire on landing  1 report (Be58)

Miscellaneous  (8 reports)(

Taxied into object/other aircraft  3 reports (Be33; Be35; Be60)

Attempted hand-propping/unoccupied start/ground collision  1 report (Be35)0

Extreme turbulence encounter  1 report (Be58)

Bird strike  1 report (Be95)

Struck animal on runway during landing  1 report (Be58)

Wing explosion during takeoff  1 report (Be65)

Loss of control in flight (LOC-I) (6 reports)

Loss of control in flight/Initial departure in IMC  1 report (Be36)

Loss of directional control in flight/Attempted visual flight into IMC  1 report (Be36)

Stall during low-altitude maneuvering  1 report (Be65)

Loss of control immediately after liftoff/unknown  1 report (Be60)

Loss of control/Instrument approach  1 report (Be58)

Loss of control during go-around  1 report (Be76)

Controlled Flight into Terrain (1 report)

Controlled Flight into Terrain: Visual flight in mountains  1 report (Be55)

Unknown (9 reports)

4 reports (Be35; Be36; Be55; Be58)

2 reports (both Be35s)

2 reports (Be23; Be35)

Precautionary landing/unknown  1 report (Be36)

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