Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Beech 95-55, N4QC: Accident occurred September 03, 2012 in Spanaway, Washington

NTSB Identification: WPR12CA393 
 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 03, 2012 in Spanoway, WA
Aircraft: BEECH 95-55, registration: N4QC
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot made a go-around following his first approach, and raised the landing gear and flaps. On the second approach, he lowered the flaps partially, but did not lower the landing gear. He stated that he didn’t think that the gear warning activated. After landing with the landing gear up, the pilot and his passenger were able to exit the airplane before it caught fire.

SEATTLE -- Republican congressional candidate Jim Postma was not injured Monday evening when he crash landed his small airplane at the Spanaway Airport.

Postma said he was flying his twin engine Beechcraft back to Spanaway from an afternoon trip to Friday Harbor when he had trouble with his landing gear.

At roughly 7 p.m., he put his landing gear down and was about to touch down when he aborted the attempt and raised the gear. During his second landing attempt, Postma said he forgot to lower the landing gear and touched down hard on the runway.

With sparks flying, the plane skidded down the runway and came to a stop in a field, causing a small grass fire that was quickly extinguished.

Postma and his wife, Fran, were the only two on board, and both were uninjured and able to climb out of the plane by themselves, according to Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer.

"There was smoke coming from the front of the airplane so we just got out," Postma said. "I wanted to go back and put out the fire but my wife wouldn't let me. She was afraid it was going to burn, which it did."

Postma said the plane was destroyed by fire, though he believes the engines may be salvageable.

Postma, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, is challenging Rep. Adam Smith for the state's 9th Congressional District seat.

According to his website, Postma is a graduate of Purdue University and has worked as a simulation engineer and rocket scientist.

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  Regis#: 4QC        Make/Model: BE55      Description: 55 BARON BEECH 95-55
  Date: 09/04/2012     Time: 0244

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: None     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Substantial

  City: SPANAWAY   State: WA   Country: US


INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   2     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Pleasure      Phase: Landing      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: SEATTLE, WA  (NM01)                   Entry date: 09/04/2012 




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