Monday, August 20, 2018

Beechcraft 36 Bonanza, N9031S: Accident occurred August 18, 2018 near Southwest Washington Regional Airport (KKLS), Kelso, Cowlitz County, Washington

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hillsboro, Oregon

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Kelso, WA
Accident Number: WPR18TA243
Date & Time: 08/18/2018, 2125 PDT
Registration: N9031S
Aircraft: Beech 36
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 18, 2018, about 2125 Pacific daylight time, a Beech 36, N9031S, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a total loss of engine power about two nautical miles south of Southwest Washington Regional Airport (KLS), Kelso, Washington. The certificated private pilot and his sole passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal cross-country flight, which was being operated in accordance with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. No flight plan was filed. The flight departed Tacoma Narrows Airport (TIW), Gig Harbor, Washington, about 2100, with Portland International Airport (PDX), Portland, Oregon, as its destination.

In a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported that en route to PDX at an altitude of 2,000 ft mean sea level, the engine quit. The pilot stated that he subsequently landed in an open field with the landing gear extended, which resulted in substantial damage to the left wing's aft spar. The pilot mentioned that he had filled both fuel tanks prior to departing TIW, and that the engine had just been overhauled.

The airplane was recovered to a secured facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N9031S
Model/Series: 36 Undesignated
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: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLS, 20 ft msl
Observation Time: 2156 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Tacoma, WA (TIW)
Destination: Portland, OR (PDX)

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: 46.103889, -122.897500

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