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Beech N35 Bonanza, N9368Y: Accident occurred September 12, 2017 near South Bend International Airport (KSBN), St. Joseph County, Indiana


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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; DuPage, Illinois

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms
  
http://registry.faa.gov/N9368Y



Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: South Bend, IN
Accident Number: CEN17LA348
Date & Time: 09/12/2017, 1335 CDT
Registration: N9368Y
Aircraft: BEECH N35
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel starvation
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 12, 2017, about 1300 central daylight time, a Beech N35 airplane, N9368Y, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near South Bend International Airport (SBN), South Bend, Indiana. The commercial pilot and passenger were not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The flight departed Johnson County Executive Airport (OJC), Olathe, Kansas, about 0930, and was en route to SBN.

According to the pilot, while on final approach for runway 9R, the engine "missed". The pilot attempted to increase engine power by advancing the engine throttle control forward. There was no response from the engine. During the forced landing the main landing gear clipped the elevated island between two oncoming lanes of traffic. The airplane bounced and struck a car before coming to rest in the grass adjacent to the road. The left wing was bent and buckled during the forced landing.

Prior to the recovery of the airplane from the accident site, the FAA inspector, who responded to the accident, recovered about a cup of fuel from the right fuel tank. There was visible fuel in the left fuel tank. A postaccident examination of the airplane, following its recovery, revealed blue-colored fuel streaking from the right-wing fuel filler aft to the trailing edge of the right-wing flap. The right fuel tank was empty, and the left fuel tank had about 10 gallons of fuel. The fuel cap and seat were unremarkable. An examination of the engine and remaining systems revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 74, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/30/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/18/2016
Flight Time:  4983 hours (Total, all aircraft), 460 hours (Total, this make and model), 4787 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N9368Y
Model/Series: N35 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1960
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: D-6569
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/22/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3128 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5275 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-BB-10B
Registered Owner: PINNACLE LEASING INC
Rated Power: 285 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: kSBN, 798 ft msl
Observation Time: 1348 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 270°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 12°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots, 5°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Olathe, KS (KOJC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: South Bend, IN (KSBN)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 0930 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class C 



Airport Information

Airport: South Bend International Airport (SBN)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 798 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.708333, -86.317222 (est)



NTSB Identification: CEN17LA348
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 12, 2017 in South Bend, IN
Aircraft: BEECH N35, registration: N9368Y
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 September 12, 2017, about 1300 central daylight time, a Beech N35 airplane, N9368Y, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near South Bend International Airport (SBN), South Bend, Indiana. The commercial pilot and passenger were not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The flight departed Johnson County Executive Airport (OJC), Olathe, Kansas, about 0930, and was en route to SBN.

According to the pilot, while on final approach for runway 9R, the engine "missed". The pilot attempted to increase engine power by advancing the engine throttle control forward. There was no response from the engine. During the forced landing the main landing gear clipped the elevated island between two oncoming lanes of traffic. The airplane bounced and struck a car before coming to rest in the grass adjacent to the road. The left wing was bent and buckled during the forced landing.

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