Saturday, February 10, 2018

Beech A36 Bonanza, N136BJ, registered to and operated by Contemporary Communication Systems Inc: Accident occurred August 19, 2017 at Warm Springs Creek Airport (0U1), Lowman, Boise County, Idaho

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Contemporary Communication Systems Inc
JSA Investment Group Inc

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's inadequate compensation for a tailwind, which resulted in a runway overrun. 


Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Tailwind - Effect on operation (Cause)
Tailwind - Response/compensation (Cause)
Tree(s) - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Other weather encounter

Landing-landing roll
Runway excursion
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Location: Loman, ID
Accident Number: GAA17CA497
Date & Time: 08/19/2017, 1615 MDT
Registration: N136BJ
Aircraft: BEECH A36
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

According to the pilot, as he approached the airport, he requested a wind and weather PIREP. An unknown person replied on the CTAF, to expect winds out of the west. With the intent of landing on runway 2, the pilot overflew the airfield and observed a light crosswind from the west. He landed the high-performance airplane on 2,580 ft. turf surface.

The pilot recalled a shift in wind direction during landing. The airspeed as he crossed the runway threshold was about 90 knots, and the airspeed, "increased dramatically" during the landing flare and touch down. The pilot applied the brakes, however, the airplane overran the departure end of the runway and collided with a tree. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mounts and the fuselage.

According to the pilot, witnesses to the accident recalled that the airplane landed in variable wind conditions and touched down with a 20-30 knot tailwind.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 34, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/31/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/13/2016
Flight Time: (Estimated) 213.7 hours (Total, all aircraft), 48.8 hours (Total, this make and model), 107.2 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 28.3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 8.9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5.7 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N136BJ
Model/Series: A36 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility
Serial Number: E-1077
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/23/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3612 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4090.8 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-BB
Rated Power: 285 hp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSNT, 6495 ft msl
Observation Time: 2151 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 84°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / -3°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable/ 14 knots, Variable
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Yerington, NV (043)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Loman, ID (0U1)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1230 PST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 4831 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 02
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2850 ft / 135 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 44.142222, -115.314167 (est)

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