Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 

10/10/2018 through 10/17/2018

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



The pilot of the 9/7 A36 inflight catastrophic engine failure, which had reported separation of all six cylinders in flight, reports engine investigators learned this was caused by a:

...failed reducer fitting [an oil line that is part of an aftermarket turbo normalizing system].  The the turbo for its oil feed and the hose connecting straight out the rear is for the wastegate operation.

When this fitting broke, the wastegate no longer had any control to maintain [manifold pressure] and that’s why [the pilot] first experience[d] MAP fluctuations.  The oil pump then pumped all the oil overboard out this open port, there was no lubrication for any internals of the engine, and this is why it threw almost all the connecting rods at the about same time.

New reports this week

10/13 1820Z (1420 local Saturday afternoon): A Be33 “ran off the runway, hit a sign and broke [its] landing gear,” during arrival at Reidsville, Georgia. The solo pilot reports no injury and airplane damage is “unknown”. N9469Q (CE-369) is/was a 1972 F33A registered in Savannah, Georgia.

("Loss of directional control during landing”)

10/16 1619Z (1219 local Tuesday afternoon): All five occupants of a Be58 escaped injury when the airplane landed gear up at Mansfield, Ohio. Airplane damage is “minor”. N700ST (TH-1091) is/was a 1980 Baron 58 registered in Shelby, Ohio.

(“Gear up landing”—“minor” damage in this context includes replacing two propellers, tear-dwon, repair as necessary and reassemble two engines, and miscellaneous sheet metal and antenna replacement work. The cost of all this frequently turns “minor” gear-up damage into a “totaled” airplane).

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

9/17 fatal F33A engine failure at Cottonwood, Arizona. Was it a fuel starvation event? I’m interested to learn in what position the NTSB found the airplane’s fuel selector. The preliminary report doesn’t tell us.

10/1 fatal V35 loss of control inflight during landing at La Verne, California. Could wake turbulence have been a factor?

 Part 91 as an instructionaler.

2018 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2018:

Total reported: 121 reports

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

Operation in VMC:  63 reports 
Operation in IMC:    4 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  54 reports
Operation at night: 8 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  5 reports 
Fatal accidents:  18 reports 

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  20 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   23 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be35 Bonanza  27 reports  
Be36 Bonanza  25 reports
Be55 Baron  16 reports 
Be58 Baron  16 reports 
Be33 Bonanza/Debonair  14 reports      
Be76 Duchess  5 reports   
Be17 Staggering  2 reports 
Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner/Custom III  2 reports 
Be24 Sierra  3 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 (45 reports)

Gear collapse during landing  
(21 reports: Be24; two Be33s; two Be35s; five Be36s; Be45; seven Be55s; Be58; Be60; Be95)  

Gear up landing  
(16 reports: Be33; five Be35s; two 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 (26 reports)

Engine failure in flight  
(10 reports: three Be33s; three 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/fuel selector mechanical failure  (1 report: Be36)

Impact during landing (20 reports) 

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

Hard landing
(4 reports: Be24; Be36; two Be55s) 

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

Landed long/runway overrun  
(2 reports: Be35; Be58) 

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

Landed short/Collision with obstacle on final approach 
(2 reports: Be35; Be36)

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

Loss of control during landing/porpoising/Pilot-Induced Oscillation  (1 report: Be58)

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) (4 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)

Miscellaneous  (7 reports)(0 reports)

Taxi into object/another aircraft  
(3 reports: Be35; Be55; Be58) 

Bird strike
(2 reports: both Be58s)

Fire/explosion in flight (1 report: Be58)

Struck by taxiing aircraft (1 report: Be35)

Inflight control failure  (1 report: Be35)


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)

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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