Monday, March 11, 2019

Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, N6150X: Fatal accident occurred June 20, 2019 in Elida, Allen County, Ohio

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Aerospace Technologies; Mobile, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Elida, OH
Accident Number: CEN19FA177
Date & Time: 06/20/2019, 1612 EDT
Registration: N6150X
Aircraft: Beech A36
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 20, 2019, about 1612 eastern daylight time, a Beech A36 airplane, N6150X, was destroyed during a collision with terrain near Elida, Ohio. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to StevAnn Farms Ltd. and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day instrument meteorological conditions prevailed in the vicinity of the accident site and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Maquoketa Municipal Airport (OQW), Maquoketa, Iowa about 1255 central daylight time. The intended destination was the Toledo Executive Airport (TDZ), Toledo, Ohio.

Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) position data indicated that, after takeoff, the airplane proceeded southeast before turning to an easterly course and transitioning south of the Chicago, Illiniois, metropolitan area. The airplane subsequently returned to a southeasterly course before again taking up an easterly course and transitioning south of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The position data depicted multiple course changes, including two 360° turns, within 20 miles of the accident site. The final data point was recorded at 1612. At that time, the airplane was located about 1/4 mile north-northwest of the accident site at approximately 2,100 ft mean sea level.

The accident site was located in an agricultural field at an elevation of about 780 ft. The field was bordered by trees on the east and south sides. The airplane came to rest upright about 250 ft from both tree lines on a west-northwest heading. No evidence of any tree strikes was observed. The fuselage, engine and propeller were located at the accident site in position relative to an intact airplane. The engine and propeller were partially buried in an impact crater immediately adjacent to the fuselage. The forward fuselage was crushed, and the cockpit area was compromised. Portions of the center and aft fuselage were deformed and buckled. The left wing was located in position relative to the fuselage and it was deformed and fragmented. The right wing remained attached to the fuselage and it was deformed over the entire span. The empennage remained attached to the fuselage. The control surfaces and wing flaps remained attached to the airframe. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N6150X
Model/Series: A36
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: AOH, 975 ft msl
Observation Time: 1553 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 18 knots / 28 knots, 250°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 800 ft agl
Visibility:  6 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.58 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Maquoketa, IA (OQW)
Destination: Toledo, OH (TDZ)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 40.846389, -84.158333

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