Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Beech V35 Bonanza, registered to Pivot Group LLC and operated by the pilot, N228Q: Accident occurred July 17, 2018 in Katy, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas
Continental Motors Inc.; Mobile, Alabama 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Katy, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA276
Date & Time: 07/17/2018, 0830 CDT
Registration: N228Q
Aircraft: Beech V35
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 17, 2018, about 0830 central daylight time, a Beech V35 airplane, N228Q, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Katy, Texas. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to Pivot Group LLC and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Fair Weather Field Airport (TX42), Monaville, Texas, about 0820 and was destined for the West Houston Airport (IWS), Houston, Texas.

The pilot reported that "a sudden and severe noise and vibration" and "a brief stream of gray smoke from under the right side of the [engine] cowling" preceded a loss of engine power as he approached the destination airport. He subsequently executed a forced landing to a residential development under construction. The airplane "bounced and skidded" before coming to rest upright. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing.

An engine examination will be conducted once the airplane has been recovered from the accident site. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N228Q
Model/Series: V35
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: TME, 166 ft msl
Observation Time: 0835 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 26°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:  Scattered / 600 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 250°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  5 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Monaville, TX (TX42)
Destination: Houston, TX (IWS) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  29.868056, -95.795000 (est)

KATY, Texas - A small airplane crashed Tuesday in west Harris County.

The crash was reported about 9:10 a.m. in a field near the intersection of FM Road 529 and Porter Road, north of Katy.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the pilot was not injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been called to the scene to conduct an investigation, according to DPS.

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