Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Beech F33A, N873BC: Accident occurred July 20, 2019 near Parkside Airpark (WA87), Battle Ground, Clark County, Washington

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hillsboro, Oregon

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Battleground, WA
Accident Number: WPR19LA200
Date & Time: 07/20/2019, 1620 PDT
Registration: N873BC
Aircraft: Beech 33
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 20, 2019, about 1620 Pacific daylight time, a Beechcraft F33A, N873BC, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion near Parkside Airpark (WA87), Battleground, Washington. The commercial pilot and pilot-rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed, for the cross-country flight that originated from Jefferson County International Airport (0S9), Port Townsend, Washington at 1511.

According to the commercial pilot, they were returning to his home airport after having lunch at 0S9. The pilot entered a descent from a cruise altitude of 5,500 ft mean sea level (msl) approximately 16 nm from his destination airport. He leveled off at 1,000 ft and observed the windsock as he overflew the airport, which showed a light easterly wind. The pilot then entered the right downwind leg of the airport traffic pattern to land on the eastern runway. He touched down close to the runway threshold at an approximate approach speed of 70 kts. During the landing roll, the pilot noticed that his airspeed did not decrease as it normally had during previous flights. Additionally, the engine rpm was higher than normal. The pilot attempted to reduce the engine power by retarding the throttle control, but did not observe a response from the engine. As they were approaching the runway edge, the pilot retarded the mixture control to IDLE/CUTOFF; however, the airplane overran the runway edge, traversed an adjacent road and the left wing impacted a metal pole before the airplane came to rest.

Postaccident examination of the airplane by the Federal Aviation Administration revealed substantial damage to the left wing.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N873BC
Model/Series: 33 F33A
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:
Observation Facility, Elevation: , 275 ft msl
Observation Time: 1553 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 90 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 360°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Port Townsend, WA (0S9)
Destination: Battleground, WA (WA87)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:

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