Beech Weekly Accident Update

Piston Beechcraft Accidents 10/15/2020 – 10/22/2020 

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

10/15 1815Z (1215 local Thursday afternoon): A Be36 was departing from Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Bonanza “became airborne, then touched down and winds blew [it] off [the] side of [the] runway into a field.” The two aboard report no injury, and report no damage to the aircraft. N925SF (E-3914) is a 2009 G36 registered in Albuquerque. 

(“Loss of directional control during takeoff”)

10/16 1345Z (0945 local Friday morning): A Be36 landed and its gear collapsed, at Sarasota, Florida. The two aboard were unhurt; airplane damage is “unknown”. N6613A (E-2070) is a 1983 A36 registered in Gainesville, Florida.

(“Gear collapse during landing”)

10/17 1836Z (1136 local Saturday morning): A Be23 “veered off the runway during landing” at Overgaard, Arizona. The pilot, alone in the airplane, has “minor” injury, and the airplane received “minor” damage. N2057L (M-1861) is a 1976 C23 registered in Overgaard.

(“Loss of directional control during landing”)

10/21 2105Z (1605 local Wednesday afternoon): The solo pilot of a Be35 died when the aircraft crashed immediately after takeoff at Slidell, Louisiana. The airplane received “substantial” damage. N35DC (D-8847) was a 1968 V35A registered in Lacombe, Louisiana.

(“Takeoff/unknown”; “Fatal”; “Airplane destroyed” by fire, according to local reports). 


New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

The NTSB has at least temporarily shut down its Index of Months web page, which is the primary means by which I access reprots for this section of the Weekly Accident Update. I will attempt to catch up with this record once I’m able to access the same level of reports from the NTSB.


2020 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2020:

Total reported: 117 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC: 58 reports 
Operation in IMC:    1 report  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  58 reports
Operation at night: 8 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  4 reports 
Fatal accidents:  12 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  24 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   15 reports

 

BEECH AERO CLUB Series:  22 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner  10 reports
Be76 Duchess 6 reports 
Be24 Custom III/Sierra  4 reports 
Be19 Sport   1 report 
Be77 Skipper  1 report 


Total reported 2020:  22 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  11 reports 
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  11 reports
Operation at night: 1 report    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  1 report 
Fatal accidents:  0 reports

Aircraft damage

“Substantial” damage:  7 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   1 report

 

PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF CAUSE 

(all subject to update per official findings):

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS   1 reports 

Engine failure in flight  1 report

Engine failure in flight/known mechanical cause/cylinder separation  1 report (Be24)


OTHER EVENTS    21 reports

Impact during landing  6 reports

Loss of directional control during landing 
3 reports (all Be23s) 

Landed short   1 report (Be23)

Landed long   1 report (Be23)

Loss of control during go-around/simulated single-engine flight  1 report (Be76)

Hard landing   1 report (Be19)


Landing gear related mishaps  5 reports

Gear up landing  
4 reports (three Be24s; Be76)

Gear collapse during landing   1 report (Be76)


Engine failure  3 reports

Engine failure during/immediately after takeoff   1 report (Be23)

Engine failure in flight   1 report (Be23)

Engine failure in flight/throttle linkage failure   1 report (Be23)


Impact during takeoff  2 report

Loss of directional control during takeoff   1 report (Be76)

Loss of directional control during takeoff/simulated engine failure 1 report (Be76)

Failure to attain climb/density altitude/Forced landing   1 report (Be23)


Miscellaneous  2 reports 

Brake failure/taxiway excursion   1 report (Be23)

Collision with object during taxi   1 report (Be76)


Unknown  1 report 

Collision with terrain/unknown   1 report (Be77)

 

BONANZA/BARON Series:   91 reports

By Aircraft Type      

Be36  31 reports 
Be35 Bonanza  31 reports 
Be33 Debonair/Bonanza  13 reports
Be55 Baron  9 reports
Be58 Baron  5 reports 
Be95 Travel Air 2 reports

Be56 Turbo Baron

Total reported 2020:  91 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  43 reports 
Operation in IMC:    1 report  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  47 reports
Operation at night: 7 reports    

Most Serious Injury
“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  3 reports
Fatal accidents:  12 reports

Aircraft damage
“Substantial” damage:  15 reports
Aircraft “destroyed”:   14 reports

 

PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF CAUSE 
(all subject to update per official findings):

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS    15 reports

Engine failure  3 reports

Power loss during takeoff/pilot failed to abort takeoff  1 report (Be33)

Engine failure in flight—fuel loss in flight  1 report (Be33)

Fuel starvation   1 report (Be35)

Fuel exhaustion   1 report (Be36)


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)


Loss of control inflight

Loss of control in flight/Attempted visual flight into known IMC   1 report (Be33)


Unknown causes  7 reports

Crash/unknown  
3 reports (two Be35s; Be36)

Traffic pattern/unknown  
2 reports (Be33; Be36)

Takeoff/unknown  
2 reports (Be35; Be36)


OTHER EVENTS    71 reports

Landing gear-related mishaps  32 reports

Gear up landing 
15 reports (four Be33s; seven Be35s; two Be36s; Be55; Be58)

Gear collapse during landing  
13 reports (three Be33s; five Be35s; two Be36s; three Be55s)

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 in flight  1 report (Be36)

Gear up landing/electrical failure, gear crank inaccessible 1 report (Be36)


Engine failure  16 reports

Engine failure in flight   
8 reports (five Be35s; three Be36s)

Fuel starvation  
2 reports (both Be35s)

Engine failure during/immediately after takeoff  
2 reports (both Be36s)

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

Engine failure in flight/suspected valve failure   1 report (Be35)

Engine failure on final approach  1 report (Be35)

Engine failure in flight/known mechanical cause/suspected crankshaft failure  1 report (Be35)


Impact during landing  11 reports

Landed long/runway overrun  
4 reports (two Be35s; two Be36s)

Hard landing  
2 reports (Be36; Be58)

Collision with object/animal during landing  
2 reports (Be36; Be55)

Loss of directional control during landing   1 report (Be55)

Blown tire during landing/runway excursion   1 repot (Be33)

Collision with object/attempted landing on closed runway   1 report (Be36)


Impact during takeoff  4 reports

Loss of directional control during takeoff  
3 reports (Be35; two Be36s)

Loss of directional control during takeoff/door open during takeoff   1 report (Be55)


Miscellaneous/Unknown  11 reports

Bird strike on final approach 
3 reports (all Be36s)

Collision with object during taxi  
3 reports (Be33; Be55; Be58)

Taxiway excursion/collision with obstacle   1 report (Be36)

Electrical fire/precautionary gear up landing   1 report (Be33)

Electrical system failur ein flight/off-airport landing   1 report (Be35)

Blown tire during landing   1 report (Be58)

Bird strike in cruise flight   1 report (Be55)


MISCELLANEOUS Models:  5 reports 

Be50 Twin Bonanza   2 reports
Be60 Duke  2 reports
Be45 Mentor/T-34  1 report 

Be17 Staggerwing
Be18 Twin Beech/Expeditor/Kansan
Be65 Queen Air

 

Total reported 2020: 5 reports

Environment: 

Operation in VMC:  3 reports
Operation in IMC:    0 reports  
Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  2 reports
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 exhaustion—dual engine failure in flight   1 report (Be60)


OTHER EVENTS   4 reports

Engine failure  2 reports

Engine failure in flight  1 report (Be45)

Engine failure on final approach  1 report (Be50)


Landing gear related mishaps

Gear collapse during landing   1 report (Be60)


Miscellaneous

Bird strike   1 report (Be50)

 

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