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Piston Beechcraft Accidents 11/17/2022 – 11/23/2022

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.

 

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THE WEEKLY ACCIDENT UPDATE IS AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCT OF MASTERY FLIGHT TRAINING, INC.

 

New reports this week

 

11/19 2045Z (1345 local Saturday afternoon): A Be35 “experienced engine issues and landing in a field” at Fort Morgan, Colorado. The two aboard were unhurt and airplane damage is “minor”. N220D (D-5642) is a 1958 J35 registered in Greeley, Colorado.

 

(“Engine failure in flight”–the FlightAware track shows the Bonanza departed Greeley and meandered along the South Platte River for about 16 minutes before the off-airport landing.)

 

 

 

New NTSB reports this week

Events previously reported in the Weekly Accident Update

 

10/31 double-fatality G58 collision with terrain while on approach at Alpharetta, Georgia. From the report:

 

When the airplane was about 5 miles from the final approach fix, an air traffic controller issued an approach clearance and instructed the pilot to turn left to a heading of 240° and maintain 3,000 ft mean sea level (msl) until established on the localizer; however, the pilot did not readback the altitude in the clearance. The controller again instructed the pilot to maintain 3,000 ft until established on the localizer and re-stated the approach clearance. The pilot acknowledged with the airplane’s call sign only. The airplane then climbed to 3,200 ft msl before it began to descend. An air traffic controller received a minimum safe altitude warning (MSAW) alert when the airplane descended through 2,400 ft msl, and immediately instructed the pilot to check the airplane’s altitude and to start climbing. The pilot responded that he was climbing and “going around.” The controller instructed the pilot to climb to 3,000 ft, turn to 330°, and to keep “wings level.” The pilot read back the instructions. The airplane then initiated a climbing right turn to 3,200 ft msl, before it made a descending left turn. The controller continued to receive MSAW alerts and made numerous attempts to contact the pilot, but there was no further communication with him. The airplane continued to descend, until it was no longer observed on radar. The last radar return was received at 1304:19. At that time, the airplane was at an altitude of 1,325 ft msl (about 355 above ground level), heading 252°, at a ground speed of 215 knots.

Change “Approach/unknown” to “Loss of Control – Inflight/on vectors for approach”.

 

 

2022 SUMMARY: Reported Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2022:

Total reported: 129 reports

Environment:

Operation in VMC:  47 reports

Operation in IMC:     6 reports

Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:   76 reports

Operation at night:  8 reports

 

Most Serious Injury

“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):   4 reports

Fatal accidents:   18 reports

 

Aircraft damage

“Substantial” damage:   22 reports

Aircraft “destroyed”:    22 reports

 

BEECH AERO CLUB Series:  17 reports

By Aircraft Type

Be23 Musketeer/Sundowner  5 reports

Be19 Sport   4 reports

Be24 Super R/Sierra  4 reports

Be76 Duchess    4 reports

Be77 Skipper   1 report

 

Environment:

Operation in VMC:  4 reports

Operation in IMC:    0 reports

Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  14 reports

Operation at night: 1 report

 

Most Serious Injury

“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  1 report

Fatal accidents:  2 reports

 

Aircraft damage

“Substantial” damage:  4 reports

Aircraft “destroyed”:   1 report

 

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

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS   3 reports

Impact during takeoff   1 report (Be19)

Engine failure during approach/traffic pattern  1 report (Be77)

Engine failure during takeoff/initial climb   1 report (Be24)

 

OTHER EVENTS    15 reports

Landing gear mishaps  5 reports

Gear collapse during landing   4 reports (Be24; three Be76s)

Gear up landing/mechanical failure   1 report (Be76)

 

Impact during landing   5 reports

Hard landing  2 reports (Be19; Be23)

Runway overrun   1 report (Be23)

Nose gear collapse/fixed gear   1 report (Be19)

Loss of control during landing roll   1 report (Be23)

 

Impact during takeoff

Struck animal during takeoff   1 report (Be19)

 

Engine failure  1 report

Engine failure in flight   1 report (Be23)

 

Miscellaneous causes

Uncommanded 180 on the ground, striking other airplanes   1 report (Be24)

Taxi into obstacle   1 report (Be23)

Crash/unknown   1 report (Be24)

 

BONANZA/BARON Series:   102 reports

 

By Aircraft Type

Be35 Bonanza   37 reports

Be36 Bonanza   24 reports

Be58 Baron   17 reports

Be55 Baron   12 reports

Be33 Debonair/Bonanza   11 reports

 

Environment:

Operation in VMC:  39 reports

Operation in IMC:    6 reports

Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  51 reports

Operation at night: 7 reports

 

Most Serious Injury

“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  2 reports

Fatal accidents:  16 reports

 

Aircraft damage

“Substantial” damage:  18 reports

Aircraft “destroyed”:   21 reports

 

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

 

FATAL and SERIOUS INJURY EVENTS   18 reports

Loss of control 6 reports

Loss of control in flight   2 reports

Loss of control during landing/go-around   1 report (Be35)

Loss of control during maneuvering flight   1 report (Be33)

Loss of control/multiengine instructional flight 1 report (Be58)

Loss of Control – Inflight/on vectors for approach   1 report (Be58)

 

Impact during landing   6 reports

Crash on approach/landing/cause unknown   3 reports (two Be35s; Be36)

Landed short   1 report (Be35)

Loss of control in the traffic pattern   1 report (Be35)

Controlled flight into terrain during approach/landing   1 report (Be36)

 

Impact during takeoff   3 reports

Loss of directional control during takeoff   1 report (Be58)

Impact on takeoff/failure to abort/failure to climb    1 report (Be36)

Takeoff/unknown  1 report (Be35)

 

Engine failure

Engine failure in flight   3 reports (Be33; two Be35s)

 

Miscellaneous   5 reports

Crash/unknown   3 reports (Be36; Be55; Be58)

Cabin fire in flight   1 report (Be58)

 

OTHER EVENTS    82 reports

 

Landing gear-related mishaps   38 reports

Gear collapse during landing  20 reports (two Be33s; nine Be35s; Be36; seven Be55s; Be58)

Gear up landing 15 reports (two Be33s; five Be35s; six Be36s; two Be55s)

Nose gear did not deploy/mechanical failure   1 report (Be35)

Gear collapse following electrical failure   1 report (Be55)

Gear up landing/mechanical failure   1 report (Be55)

 

Engine failure   15 reports

Engine failure in flight 10 reports (two Be33s; four Be35s; four Be36s)

Engine failure during approach/landing 2 reports (Be35, Be36)

Engine failure during initial climb  2 reports (Be33; Be35)

Propeller separation in flight   1 report (Be58)

Engine failure during instrument approach 1 report (Be33)

Fuel starvation on approach/landing   1 report (Be35)

 

Impact during landing  7 reports

Hard landing 3 reports (two Be35s; Be55)

Loss of directional control during landing   1 report (Be35)

Loss of directional control during landing/brake failure   1 report (Be36)

Loss of control during landing/blown tire   1 report (Be58)

 

Impact during takeoff   3 reports

Runway overrun/rejected takeoff   1 report (Be35)

Controlled flight into terrain/go around, unable to climb   1 report (Be35)

Takeoff/unknown   1 report (Be55)

 

Miscellaneous/other causes

Taxi into object   3 reports (Be35; two Be58s)

Turbulence encounter/head injury in flight   2 reports (Be35; Be36)

Forced landing/unknown   2 reports (Be35; Be36)

Taxiway excursion/runway excursion during taxi   1 report (Be58)

Forced landing/electrical failure in flight 1 report (Be36)

Struck animal during landing   1 report (Be58)

Electrical failure/off-airport landing   1 report (Be36)

Cowling panel separated in flight 1 report (Be36)

Cabin door separation in flight/corrosion   1 report (Be58)

Loss of control in flight/adverse weather penetration   1 report (Be58)

Bird strike   1 report (Be33)

Crash/unknown   1 reports (Be35)

Damage/unknown   1 report (Be35)

 

MISCELLANEOUS Models:  10 reports

Be60 Duke   5 reports

Be18 Twin Beech   3 reports

Be45 (T-34) Mentor   2 reports

 

Environment:

Operation in VMC:  3 reports

Operation in IMC:    0 reports

Weather “unknown” or “not reported”:  7 reports

Operation at night: 1 report

 

Most Serious Injury

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

Fatal accidents:  0 reports

 

Aircraft damage

“Substantial” damage:  0 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   10 reports

Landing Gear Related Mishaps   3 reports Gear collapse during landing/known mechanical failure   1 report (Be60)

Gear collapse during landing   1 report (Be45)

Gear up landing   1 report (Be45)

 

Engine failure   1 report

Engine failure during approach   1 report (Be60)

 

Miscellaneous 6 reports

Loss of directional control during landing   2 reports (both Be18s)

Taxi into obstacles/other aircraft   2 reports (both Be60)

Nosewheel separation during takeoff   1 report (Be18)

Propeller separation in flight  1 report (Be60)

 

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