Friday, November 09, 2018

Beech V35A Bonanza, N7036N: Accident occurred November 05, 2018 in La Paz, Mexico

Crashed due to unknown circumstances.

Conimex Aviation Services Inc

Date: 05-NOV-18
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N7036N
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: V35A
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: LA PAZ


  1. My aircraft... nothing mysterious... ran out of runway on landing (no go around option at Las Cruses) and skidded on the gravel/dirt runway at the end... would have been less damage if there was some overrun but there is a 4 foot high dirt berm across the end of the 2700 ft runway.

  2. Thanks ... Stuff happens ... Glad you are ok

  3. ... I'm guessing that the berm is their arresting gear.

  4. And maybe less damage if you had kept her on the runway....

  5. Wow ... That wasn't nice. Not all of us are perfect like you. I hope things keep going your way.

  6. According to the specs a V35A can land in 647 feet. And can climb at 1136 fpm, Galen Hanselmen's book says there is room to turn behind the resort to land on runway 36. I cannot imagine skidding a plane for a few hundred feet on dirt and not stopping, and I cannot imagine a plane flipping over onto its roof if hitting the berm at only 10-15mph. And, if you fly up the wash, past the mountain, according to google earth you should be able to climb out. I cannot imagine this was the pilot's "usual, normal, perfect landing."

  7. Miss my Bonanza and I am still rethinking how it happened... I hope that someone else will learn from my error of being too casual about landing on a dirt strip, that I had landed at several times before... I was obviously set up for failure by not approaching at minimum speed, not aiming to cross the threshold at 5 ft, not limiting my flare and not using heavier braking earlier. . my comment about “normal, perfect lading” was an attempt to inject a little humor and was only referring to the touchdown.. However, I Now feel that heavy braking, applied near the end of the rollout, was probably less effective than if I had pumped the brakes.. the aircraft skidding on dirt and gravel performed not much differently than on an icy runway.. at the last instant, I tried to turn away from the berm ( which incidentally was made out of concrete rubble and boulders, partially covered in dirt, and is now going to be removed) but had no directional control in the skid... both main tires were blown in the process. Re going around.... I possibly could have if I felt that landing safely, early enough, was unlikely.... with no wind, it’s speculation and the results of a wrong decision would have been far worse.. with little or no wind, the approach is normally made, as I did, from the sea, rather than snaking around the hills through the arroyo. I loved the comment that, “according to google earth you “should” be able to climb out”! Re POH landing distance of 647 ft that anonymous offered.... yes, maybe! Everything going right, no flare, heavy braking, paved runway.... those are often test pilot numbers but 1000 ft is attainable and I routinely do that on a paved runway. I learned something on Nov 5 and I hope others do also.. fly safe!


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