Monday, January 14, 2019

Beechcraft B35 Bonanza, registered to ABCS Association and operated by the pilot, N5093C: Accident occurred January 13, 2019 near Jefferson County International Airport (0S9), Washington

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Washington

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Port Hadlock, WA
Accident Number: WPR19LA064
Date & Time: 01/13/2019, 1400 PST
Registration: N5093C
Aircraft: Beech 35
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 13, 2019, about 1400 Pacific standard time, a Beech B35 airplane, N5093C collided with trees following a loss of engine power near Port Hadlock, Washington, . The commercial pilot received minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to ABCS Association and operated by the pilot under the provision of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Jefferson County International Airport (0S9), Port Townsend, Washington about 1350 and was destined for Paine Field (PAE), Everett, Washington.

The pilot reported that shortly after takeoff, the cockpit door opened, and that while turning onto left downwind to return to 0S9, the engine lost power. The pilot subsequently initiated an off-airport forced landing. The airplane struck a stand of trees and came to rest behind a church.

The airplane was recovered and secured for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N5093C
Model/Series: 35 B35
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: 0S9, 110 ft msl
Observation Time: 1355 PST
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Port Townsend, WA (0S9)
Destination: Everett, WA (PAE)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 48.042222, -122.774722 (est)

One male is being treated for minor injuries after a plane he was in crashed just before 2 p.m. Jan. 13 in Port Hadlock-Irondale.

Public Information Officer for East Jefferson Fire and Rescue Bill Beezley said the pilot of a Beechcraft B35 Bonanza was being checked for minor injuries after he crashed at 711 Irondale Road near Irondale Church.

The pilot was the sole occupant of the plane at the time of the crash.

Witness Randy Shepherd said the plane was traveling southwest over the area before it struck one tree causing it to turn northeast and crash into a second tree where it came to rest.

Port Townsend police officer Nathan Holmes said they were waiting for the Federal Aviation Administration to arrive on scene before more information would be given regarding the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

PORT HADLOCK — A pilot escaped a plane crash near Port Hadlock with minor injuries after his engine died shortly after takeoff Sunday afternoon.

The 87-year-old Snohomish County man, the sole occupant, was transported to Jefferson Healthcare hospital with a minor injury to his hand, according to East Jefferson Fire-Rescue spokesperson Bill Beezley.

The crash was first reported at 1:58 p.m. Sunday near the Irondale Church at 681 Irondale Road.

The pilot, who Beezley did not identify, told responders that shortly after he took off from the Jefferson County International Airport the door on the plane opened.

He then turned around in an effort to make it back to the airport, but the engine died.

“He did a classic pilot maneuver and aimed for a tree with one wing,” Beezley said.

He said that by hitting a tree with one wing, it slows down the plane and increases the chance of survival.

He said another pilot did the same thing last year.

The Beechcraft B35 Bonanza is registered to ABCS Association out of Mukilteo.

Original article ➤


  1. It sounds more to me like a "classic" stall-spin maneuver. I was taught if a door comes open in flight, just fly the plane and make a normal approach to land. I knew of a fatal accident in a Bonanza where the same exact thing happened and the pilot banked hard back to the airport, stalled, spun into the woods and burned. Didn't have to end that way. Glad this pilot survived.

  2. Hitting a tree with one wing - that's a new one on me. Wow.


  3. Another classic maneuver is a thorough preflight.

  4. Bonanzas and Barons ... If a door is going to open it usually happens right as you rotate.

  5. Maybe find the 2 biggest trees that you can and fly between them.....

  6. I like the two-tree standard arrival procedure better myself too!

  7. I've had the door open during takeoff in a Bonanza....really distracting and noisy but not unmanageable. There is a whole emergency procedure associated with it, mainly just ignore it best you can, and land the airplane. And yes, a careful pre-takeoff will spot this.