Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Beech V35 Bonanza, N6257V, Gas Corporation of America: Accident occurred July 08, 2017 in Walters, Oklahoma

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Gas Corporation of America: http://registry.faa.gov/aN6257V

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA286
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 08, 2017 in Walters, OK
Aircraft: BEECH V35, registration: N6257V
Injuries: 2 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 8, 2017, about 1050 central daylight time, a Beech Bonanza V35, N6257V, registered to Gas Corporation of America of Wichita Falls, Texas, sustained substantial damage following a forced landing after a loss of engine power in the vicinity of Walters, Oklahoma. The airline transport rated pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight was being operated under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 91. The flight originated at 1040 from Kickapoo Downtown Airport (CWC), Wichita, Falls, Texas, and was enroute to Lawton, Oklahoma.

The pilot reported that about 10 minutes after departing CWC, the oil pressure went to zero and the engine failed. He executed a forced landing to a farm field, about 1-mile south of the Walters Airport (OK12). The pilot and passenger exited the airplane with minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall and lower fuselage.


Inspection of the airplane after the accident revealed a hole above the #4 cylinder. Review of the aircraft logbooks showed that all engine cylinders were replaced about 10 flight hours prior to the accident flight. The airplane and engine have been transported to a local facility for further inspection.

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