Saturday, March 03, 2018

Beech 58 Baron, N58SM: Accident occurred June 26, 2017 at McCampbell–Porter Airport (KTFP), Ingleside, San Patricio County, Texas

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Ingleside, TX
Accident Number: GAA17CA365
Date & Time: 06/26/2017, 1045 CDT
Registration: N58SM
Aircraft: BEECH 58
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Collision during takeoff/land
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot of the twin engine airplane reported that, while on a visual approach for landing, he transmitted the appropriate radio calls, and noted that all the airplane lights were illuminated. He added that the airplane touched down about 400 ft down the runway, at which time he noticed a vehicle approaching the runway from the south side. The pilot observed the vehicle hesitate, then cross the runway towing a large trailer with a tractor loaded on the back. The pilot swerved the airplane to the left to avoid impacting the trailer head on. The pilot was unable to avoid the vehicle, and the right wing impacted the trailer. The pilot reported that after the collision, the driver of the truck apologized, and stated that he thought he could beat the airplane across the runway.

The driver of the vehicle reported that he looked both ways down the runway and did not observe any aircraft. He added that while he was crossing, he saw an airplane. He accelerated the vehicle, but the airplane impacted the end of the trailer.

The airport manager reported that the driver of the vehicle was not one of the airports employees but had volunteered, without compensation, to cut and bale hay at the far corner of the airport. He added that all weather station or other repair technicians are escorted to their location by airport staff. He also reported that this was the first time that he had allowed the driver of the vehicle to cut hay on the airfield, and that he had thoroughly briefed the driver to stay 50 ft away from the runway. The driver reported to the airport manager, that he took the quicker and drier route, opposed to taking the longer and safer route because he was concerned with getting his truck and trailer stuck in an area that was known to be more saturated after the previous night's precipitation.

A witness located at the airport reported that he observed the vehicle cross the center of the runway four times, with a truck and trailer, and two times while driving a tractor with a cutter attached. He noted that the driver of the tractor was traveling more than safe speed around the hangar areas.

After the collision, the airplane was destroyed during the post-impact fire.

In an effort to improve safety, the Precinct 4 Commissioner created a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) that encompassed operating procedures, training curriculum, and a training manual that was derived from Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5210-20 Change 1. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's inability to avoid a collision with an unauthorized vehicle on the runway during the landing roll and the truck driver's decision to cross the runway in front of the airplane.


Personnel issues
Incorrect action selection - Other/unknown (Cause)

Environmental issues
Ground vehicle - Effect on operation (Cause)

Organizational issues
Availability of policy/proc - Airport

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll
Collision during takeoff/land (Defining event)

Fire/smoke (post-impact)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Commercial; Flight Engineer
Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N58SM
Model/Series: 58 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1976
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: TK-8
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 5503 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-520 SER
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held:  None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTFP, 17 ft msl
Observation Time: 1515 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 72°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 24°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration:  Moderate - Haze
Departure Point:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination:  Ingleside, TX (TFP)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace:  Class G; Warning Area 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 17 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: 31
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:  5000 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  27.913611, -97.211944 (est)

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