Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Beech K35 Bonanza, N803R, registered to and operated by a private individual: Accident occurred January 13, 2018 at Vance Brand Airport (KLMO), Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N803R


National Transportation Safety Board
Figure 1 – Accident site

Location: Longmont, CO
Accident Number: CEN18LA076
Date & Time: 01/13/2018, 1715 MST
Registration: N803R
Aircraft: BEECH K35
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On January 13, 2018, about 1715 mountain standard time, a Beech K35 Bonanza, N803R, experienced a loss of engine power after departure from Vance Brand Airport, (LMO), Longmont, Colorado. The pilot sustained serious injuries, the passenger sustained minor injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight was departing LMO at the time of the accident.

A witness reported that he was near taxiway A3 when heard "a popping noise" coming from the accident airplane during takeoff. A few seconds later he heard the engine "shut off" as the airplane was in a nose up attitude. The airplane rolled to the right and then descended in a "steep dive" toward the ground. When he arrived at the accident site (figure 1) he observed smoke and smelled fuel near the airplane. He stated that the ground near the airplane was wet and fuel was leaking from the wing where it had separated from the fuselage.

The airplane owner, who is the father-in-law of the pilot, stated that he spoke with both the pilot and passenger; the passenger did not remember anything except the preflight inspection before the flight began. The pilot told the owner that they returned to LMO to perform touch-and-go landings. During the climb out, after the second consecutive touch-and-go, the engine lost power so the pilot pushed the nose down and made a forced landing in a field off the end of the runway. The pilot added that the landing gear had already been retracted and there was no remaining runway available to land.

The airplane has been retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N803R
Model/Series: K35
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLMO, 5056 ft msl
Observation Time: 1715 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C / -7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.24 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Longmont, CO (LMO)
Destination: Longmont, CO (LMO)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  40.168889, -105.172778 (est)

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