Thursday, March 1, 2018

Beechcraft B60 Duke, N77MM: Accident occurred March 01, 2018 in Ferris, Ellis County, Texas

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

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Ferris, TX
Accident Number: GAA18CA149
Date & Time: 03/01/2018, 1100 UTC
Registration: N77MM
Aircraft: BEECH B
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Ferry 

The pilot in the multi-engine, retractable landing gear-equipped airplane reported that during an instrument flight rules cross-country flight, about 5,000ft MSL, the left engine surged several times and he performed an emergency engine shutdown. Shortly afterward, the right engine lost power.

During the emergency descent, the airplane struck tree tops, and landed hard in a field with the landing gear retracted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, the engine mounts and the lower fuselage.

The pilot reported that he had requested 200 gallons of fuel from his home airport FBO, but they did not fuel the airplane. The pilot did not check the fuel quantity during his preflight inspection.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration Airplane Flying Handbook, Chapter 2, page 2-7, pilot's must always positively confirm the fuel quantity by visually inspecting the level of each tank.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper preflight inspection of the fuel level, which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's failure to lower the landing gear before the emergency landing.


Fuel - Not inspected (Cause)
Fuel - Fluid level (Cause)
Main landing gear - Not used/operated (Factor)

Personnel issues
Preflight inspection - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Tree(s) - Contributed to outcome

History of Flight

Fuel exhaustion (Defining event)

Emergency descent
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)


Hard landing

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 79, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Waiver Time Limited Special
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/16/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/27/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 6400 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2200 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N77MM
Model/Series: B 60
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1982
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: P-587
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/01/2017, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 6775 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2210 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TIO-541
Registered Owner: MIKE & MAYO PARTNERS LP
Rated Power: 380 hp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCRS, 448 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 185°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 12°C
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1800 ft agl
Visibility: 6 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots, 350°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: Moderate - Mist
Departure Point: DALLAS, TX (ADS)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: MEXIA, TX (LXY)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 1030 CST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  32.301389, -96.372222 (est)

FERRIS, Texas -  A pilot safely executed an emergency landing in a muddy field after losing power somewhere over Ferris Thursday afternoon.

The crash, which he walked away from, occurred at about 11 a.m. near the 100 block of Cochise Drive.

A Federal Aviation Administration statement says the pilot of the Beechcraft B60 Duke was alone and suffered minor injuries in the crash. FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the pilot reported both engines lost power on a flight from Addison Airport to Mexia.

Resident Karina Montelongo heard the sound of the crash while she was inside her home adjacent to the crash site.

“I heard a sound similar to when a garbage truck moves the containers except the difference is that it was louder. It kind of shook a little bit, enough to where it woke up the little one,” Montelongo said. “We went out and looked and saw the plane out there nearly in our backyard. The good thing is that he was OK and nobody was hurt.”

Montelongo stated she noticed first responders having a difficult time getting emergency vehicles to the crash site due to its muddy conditions. She then allowed emergency personnel to use the family’s four-wheelers.

On scene, the nose of the Beechcraft B60 Duke appeared to have been torn off and the left engine could be seen in several large pieces.

The FAA website states that the plane — first manufactured in 1982 — had a current certification through June 30, 2019, stated an Associated Press report. It shows the owner of the plane as Mike and Mayo Partners LP out of Dallas.

The crash remains under investigation by the FAA.

Original article can be found here ➤

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