Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Beechcraft 65 (U-8F) Queen Air, N62069: Accident occurred July 09, 2019 at Sidney Municipal Airport (KSNY), Cheyenne County, Nebraska -and- Accident occurred February 22, 2019 near Colby Municipal Airport (KCBK), Thomas County, Kansas

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


https://registry.faa.gov/N62069

Location: Sidney, NE
Accident Number: CEN19LA215
Date & Time: 07/09/2019, 0813 MDT
Registration: N62069
Aircraft: Beech 65
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning 

On July 9, 2019, about 0813 mountain daylight time, a Beech 65 airplane, N62069, experience a left wing explosion during takeoff roll from the Sidney Municipal Airport (SNY), Sidney, Nebraska. The airline transport pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing. The airplane was registered to and operated by Bemidji Aviation Services, Inc., as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 positioning flight. Day instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight was originating from SNY, and destined for Denver, Colorado.

According to the pilot, he had topped off the outboard fuel tanks prior to departure. During the takeoff roll, the pilot heard a loud bang and observed significant damage to the outboard left wing. Initially he thought maybe the airplane struck an animal, or the airplane impacted a pothole on the runway. While taxiing back to the ramp, the pilot noted a small amount of smoke coming from the top of the left wing. The pilot taxied the airplane to the corner of the ramp, performed an abbreviated shutdown of the airplane, grabbed a fire extinguisher, and evacuated. The pilot did not observe any additional smoke or fire and did not discharge the fire extinguisher. The airplane was moved to a hangar for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N62069
Model/Series: 65
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Bemidji Aviation
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: , 4313 ft msl
Observation Time: 0753 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 300°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Sidney, NE (KSNY)
Destination: Denver, CO (DEN)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: On-Ground
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.101389, -102.985278 (est)

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms 
 
https://registry.faa.gov/N62069



February 22, 2019

Location: Colby, KS
Accident Number: CEN19LA086
Date & Time: 02/22/2019, 0945 CST
Registration: N62069
Aircraft: Beech 65
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Sys/Comp malf/fail (non-power)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning 

On February 22, 2019, about 0945 central standard time, a Beech 65 airplane, N62069, impacted terrain near Colby, Kansas, while maneuvering for a precautionary landing. The commercial pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by Bemidji Aviation Services, Inc., as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 positioning flight. Day instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight was originating from Shalz Field Airport (CBK), Colby, Kansas, and destined for Denver, Colorado.

According to the pilot, shortly after takeoff, he noticed the crew hatch door, located next to the left front seat, had unexpectedly opened. The pilot attempted to close the door, without success. While focusing on trying to close the door, the pilot "wasn't able to fully control the airplane normally (mainly in heading and pitch)," so he initiated a precautionary landing back to CBK. While maneuvering at a low altitude to stay in visual flight rules conditions (overcast ceiling at 300 ft), the airplane's airspeed decreased, and the wing tips were dipping back and forth. The pilot retracted the landing gear and applied full engine power to try and gain airspeed. The pilot was unable to gain airspeed, the airplane was losing altitude, and he knew the airplane was going to impact terrain. Prior to the impact, the pilot kept the wings level, and the nose in a slightly pitch up attitude. The airplane then impacted the snow-covered terrain with the landing gear retracted.

Postaccident examination of the airplane by the operator revealed the left wing and left aileron were bent. No evidence was noted that the crew hatch door malfunctioned during the flight.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 27, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/28/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/18/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2550 hours (Total, all aircraft), 34 hours (Total, this make and model), 2444 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N62069
Model/Series: 65
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1962
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 62-3866
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/29/2019, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 8000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 8877 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IA-720-A1B
Registered Owner: Bemidji Aviation Services Inc
Rated Power: 400 hp
Operator: Bemidji Aviation Services Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: CBK, 3187 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0955 CST
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  1.25 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 200 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 130°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: -1°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Light - Drizzle
Departure Point: Colby, KS (CBK)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Denver, CO (DEN)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 0945 CST
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Shalz Field Airport (CBK)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 3187 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Precautionary Landing 

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: 39.427222, -101.052778 (est)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Repeat after me, "A popped door is NOT an emergency". Flying the plane, land normally and deal with the door. Sheesh!