Saturday, June 08, 2019

Fuel Starvation: Beech 35-B33 Debonair, N666WW, accident occurred August 26, 2018 near Bowman Regional Airport (KBWW), North Dakota

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Bowman, ND
Accident Number: CEN18LA354
Date & Time: 08/26/2018, 1155 MDT
Registration: N666WW
Aircraft: Beech 35
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel starvation
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 26, 2018, about 1150 mountain daylight time, a Beech 35 airplane, N666WW, lost engine power shortly after takeoff from the Bowman Regional Airport (KBWW), Bowman, North Dakota. The commercial pilot sustained serious injury and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight.

According to the pilot, the cross-country flight was originating at the time of the accident and was en route to Dickinson-Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport (KDIK), Dickinson, North Dakota. Shortly after takeoff, about 400 ft agl, the engine started "sputtering" and lost power. The pilot turned on the fuel pump and attempted to restore engine power without success. The pilot performed a forced landing to a field. During the landing, both main landing gear were pushed up through the wings and both wing spars were substantially damaged.

According to the FAA inspector who responded to the accident site, both main fuel tanks were full of fuel. Further examination revealed that there was no fuel in the fuel lines, fuel, pump, or engine, forward of the airplane firewall and fuel selector. The fuel selector valve was found in the "OFF" position. An examination of the airplane, fuel system, and engine, conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board and FAA, revealed no mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operations. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/21/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/26/2017
Flight Time:   1597 hours (Total, all aircraft), 83 hours (Total, this make and model), 1597 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 39 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N666WW
Model/Series: 35 B33
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1962
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: CD-572
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/06/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3050 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 9480.2 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-470-K
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 225
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: KHEI, 2705 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 28 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 90°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1600 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots / 15 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 140°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.71 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 15°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bowman, ND (KBWW)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Dickinson, ND (DIK)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1150 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Bowman (KBWW)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 2965 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry; Rough; Vegetation
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:1 Minor 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  46.165278, -103.300833 (est)

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