Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

5/28/2020 – 6/3/2020 

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

5/27 1900Z (1500 local Wednesday afternoon): A Be33 “experienced engine failure and crashed in a field” near Cambridge, Ohio. The pilot, “seriously” injured in the crash, succumbed to his injuries and died two days after the crash. The Debonair was “destroyed”. N123JB (CD-313) was a 1961 35-A33 registered in Hudsonville, Michigan.

(“Engine failure in flight”; “Fatal”; “Airplane destroyed”—The Flightaware track shows the airplane departed Ohio State University, northeast of Columbus, Ohio, apparently maneuvered around the northside of the Class C airspace, and then flew in a straight line to the impact area in about 42 minutes’ flight time. News reports showed the airplane came to rest wings level and apparently intact, but came to a sudden stop in trees. "Witnesses reported hearing the airplane’s engine sputtering as the pilot circled twice over fields adjacent to U.S. 40 (East Pike Road) approximately a mile east of the city. The witnesses said it was obvious the airplane was in distress.

Multiple witnesses said they believed the pilot was trying to land in one of the fields when the airplane touched down and crashed into a large row of trees at the edge of a field. The front of the airplane and cockpit sustained extensive damage on impact.

Perhaps unrelated, perhaps not, this airplane was involved in a gear up landing at KOSU last February.)

5/28 1533Z (1033 local Thursday morning): A Be35 “experienced engine failure” and its pilot “made an emergency landing on [a] highway” near Laredo, Texas. The pilot and two passengers were unhurt; the airplane suffered no damage in the landing. N512BD (D-9398) is a 1972 V35B registered in League City, Texas.

(“Engine failure in flight”—and an apparently good job of landing after that. The FlightAware track shows a consistent rate of descent and speed at or near Best Glide from cruising altitude until the track ends.)

5/29 1843Z (1343 local Friday afternoon): A Be33’s nose gear collapsed and the airplane suffered a propeller strike, at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The pilot and two passengers were unhurt. Airplane damage is “unknown”. N3078H (CE-1229) is a 1988 F33A registered in Cedar Rapids.

(“Gear collapse during landing”)

6/1 1638Z (1238 local Monday afternoon): A Be36 landed gear up at Batavia, New York. The solo pilot was unhurt and airplane damage is “unknown”. N15DN (E-2472) is a 1989 A36 registered in Parish, New York.

(“Gear up 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: 45 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC: 23 reports 
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  22 reports
Operation at night: 1 report    

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

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  9 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   8 reports

 

BEECH AERO CLUB Series:  3 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner  2 reports
Be76 Duchess 1 report

Be19 Sport.
Be24 Custom III/Sierra 
Be77 Skipper

 

Total reported 2020: 3 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  2 reports 
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  1 report
Operation at night: 0 reports    

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

Aircraft damage

“Substantial” damage:  2 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   0 reports

 

PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF CAUSE 

(all subject to update per official findings):

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS   0 reports 


OTHER EVENTS    3 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)

 

BONANZA/BARON Series:   40 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be36  16 reports 
Be35 Bonanza  12 reports 
Be33 Debonair/Bonanza  6 reports
Be55 Baron  2 reports
Be58 Baron  2 reports
Be95 Travel Air 2 reports

Be56 Turbo Baron

Total reported 2020: 40 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  18 reports 
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  22 reports
Operation at night: 1 report    

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

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  5 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   8 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  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    32 reports

Landing gear-related mishaps  17 reports

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

Gear collapse during landing  
5 reports (Be33; two 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, gear crank inaccessible 1 report (Be36)


Engine failure  7 reports

Engine failure in flight   
5 reports (three Be35s; two Be36s)

Engine failure on final approach  1 report (Be35)

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


Impact during landing  3 reports

Landed long/runway overrun  
2 reports (Be35; Be36)

Collision with object during landing   1 report (Be36)


Impact during takeoff  1 report

Loss of directional control during takeoff  1 report (Be36)


Miscellaneous/Unknown  4 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)


MISCELLANEOUS Models:  3 reports

Be50 Twin Bonanza   2 reports
Be60 Duke  1 report

Be17 Staggerwing
Be18 Twin Beech/Expeditor/Kansan
Be45 Mentor/T-34
Be65 Queen Air

 

Total reported 2020: 3 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  2 reports
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  1 report
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 exhaustiondual engine failure in flight   1 report (Be60)


OTHER EVENTS   2 reports

Engine failure 1 report

Engine failure shortly after takeoff  1 report (Be50)


Miscellaneous

Bird strike   1 report (Be50)

 

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