Friday, September 7, 2018

Beech K35 Bonanza, N5321E: Accident occurred September 01, 2018 at Harrisville Airport (5Y0), Alcona County, Michigan

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Harrisville, MI
Accident Number: CEN18TA374
Date & Time: 09/01/2018, 1430 EDT
Registration: N5321E
Aircraft: Beech 35
Injuries: 1 Minor, 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 1, 2018, about 1430 eastern daylight time, a Beech K35 airplane, N5321E, overran the runway during an aborted takeoff at Harrisville Airport (5Y0), Harrisville, Michigan. The private rated pilot sustained minor injuries and the three passengers were not injured. 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 at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. The flight was departing at the time of the accident.

A 32 second video of the takeoff attempt was reviewed and showed the following. As the video began the airplane was already in the takeoff roll on the grass runway that was defined by large yellow cones. At 14 seconds the airplane veered toward the left side of the runway until 22 seconds when a loud noise was heard from the end of the runway. The airplane made a sharp right turn then slid on the runway toward the trees.

In a postaccident statement the pilot reported that he flew the same three passengers earlier in the morning to an airport where he filled the left fuel tanks with 25 gallons of fuel; the right tank contained 2 to 3 gallons and the auxiliary tank was empty. After fueling, the airplane departed from a 2,952-ft-long asphalt runway and climbed to 50 ft above ground level before the airplane was even halfway down the runway. They landed at 5Y0 without incident. About 1400 they returned to the airplane and the pilot completed a preflight inspection and an engine run-up with no anomalies noted. He taxied to runway 21 and extended 10° of flaps. He started the takeoff roll and noted that the first 200 ft of the runway was soft and consisted of long grass, while the rest of the runway consisted of sand and patches of weeds. The pilot stated that during the takeoff roll he was able to lift the nose wheel off the runway around 300 ft and the main landing gear lifted off near mid-field where he kept the airplane in ground effect. About three-fourths of the way down the runway, while still in ground effect, the airplane would not gain altitude and the left wing brushed the trees on the left side. The pilot aborted the takeoff, attempted to stop the airplane in the grass, but collided with trees at the end of the runway (figure 1). The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with the engine or airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Figure 1 – Accident site

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N5321E
Model/Series: 35 K35
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: KOSC, 634 ft msl
Observation Time: 1435 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1900 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Harrisville, MI (5Y0)
Destination: Detroit/Grosse Ile, MI (ONZ)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 44.665556, -83.307222 (est)

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