Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Beech A36 Bonanza, N191HL: Accident occurred May 30, 2018 near Tonopah Airport (KTPH), Nye County, Nevada

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:
Location: Tonopah, NV
Accident Number: WPR18LA156
Date & Time: 05/30/2018, 1108 PDT
Registration: N191HL
Aircraft: BEECH A36
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 30, 2018, at 1108 Pacific daylight time a Beech A36 airplane, N191HL, landed hard on a highway near Tonopah, Nevada, following a loss of engine power after takeoff from Tonopah Airport. The private pilot and passenger were not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.The cross-country flight originated from Tonopah at 1100, and was destined for Dodge City Regional Airport, Dodge City, Kansas.

The pilot reported that during the preflight inspection he checked the engine oil, and the dipstick indicated the oil level to be 12 quarts. The departure was uneventful and having reached an altitude of about 8,000 ft mean sea level, he began to smell smoke, and then heard a popping sound. The engine then began to lose power, and he initiated a return to the airport. During the descent the engine lost all power, and he maneuvered the airplane for landing on a highway. The landing approach was obscured by obstacles including a set of power distribution cables, and the airplane landed hard on the highway median.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower fuselage and both wings, and two holes were observed in the side of the engine crankcase. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N191HL
Model/Series: A36 A36
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTPH, 5434 ft msl
Observation Time: 1756 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable/ 16 knots, Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Departure Point: TONOPAH, NV (TPH)
Destination: DODGE CITY, KS (DDC)

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: 38.077500, -117.042222 (est)

TONOPAH, Nev. (KSNV) — No serious injuries were reported after a small plane crashed outside of Tonopah late Wednesday morning, according to law enforcement officials.

Both Nevada Highway Patrol and the Nye County Sheriff's Office said they responded to a report of a crash just before 11:13 a.m. Wednesday, about 10 miles east of Tonopah, according to NHP.

The pilot reported a mechanical issue and tried to land at Tonopah Airport, the sheriff's office said, but the plane crashed about a mile away near U.S. 6.

Two people were inside the plane when it crashed, according to the sheriff's office, and they were both able to get out of the plane without any serious injuries.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed a single-engine Beechcraft B36A reported engine problems shortly after taking off from the Tonopah Airport. The FAA will investigate the cause of the crash.

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