Sunday, June 09, 2019

Beech V35B Bonanza, N6KG: Accident occurred June 21, 2018 at Chester Airport (KSNC), Middlesex County, Connecticut

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Enfield, Connecticut

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Chester, CT
Accident Number: GAA18CA374
Date & Time: 06/21/2018, 1930 UTC
Registration: N6KG
Aircraft: BEECH V35B
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event:
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


According to the pilot, during taxi to his hangar, the airplane's left wingtip struck the east-facing wall of a hangar. The airplane pivoted about the left wing and entered the hangar before it came to a stop.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mounts.

The pilot asserted that the accident could have been prevented if he had monitored the distance from the airplane's wingtip to the hangar.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from a hangar during taxi.


Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)
Monitoring environment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Airport structure - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 91, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/17/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/07/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 5078 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3500 hours (Total, this make and model), 4900 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BEECH
Registration: N6KG
Model/Series: V35B V35B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1975
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: D-9760
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/30/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3450 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5500 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 285 hp
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: KSNC, 417 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0000 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 342°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 1500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 170°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 20°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Vineyard Haven, MA (MVY)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Vineyard Haven, MA (MVY)
Type of Clearance: Traffic Advisory; VFR; VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1400 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Chester (SNC)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 416 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.383611, -72.505833 (est)

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