Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Beechcraft A23 Musketeer II, N3598R: Accident occurred July 01, 2019 in Fort Smith, Crawford County, Arkansas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fort Smith, AR
Accident Number: CEN19LA194
Date & Time: 07/01/2019, 1155 CDT
Registration: N3598R
Aircraft: Beech A23
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On July 1, 2019, about 1155 central daylight time, a Beech A23 airplane, N3598R, experienced a hard landing on a road following a loss of engine power about 5 miles east of the Ft. Smith Regional Airport (FSM), Ft. Smith, Arkansas. The flight instructor and passenger were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to BAP Group LLC and operated by Southern Eagle Flight School as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from FSM about 1045.

The flight instructor reported that the purpose of the flight was to demonstrate private pilot maneuvers to a prospective student. After takeoff, he proceeded to the practice area. While returning to the airport from the practice area, the instructor changed fuel tanks; although, he did not specifically recall which tank he had changed from or to. In accordance with standard procedures, he activated the fuel boost pump before moving the fuel selector. After changing tanks, the engine instrument indications were normal, and he turned off the boost pump. Shortly afterward, the engine "started coughing" and subsequently lost power completely. His efforts to restore engine power were not successful and he set up for a forced landing to a roadway. The airplane touched down hard on the road, which caused the the nose and right main landing gears to collapse. The airplane sustained damage to the engine mount and firewall.

An aircraft examination is planned once the airplane has been recovered from the accident site.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N3598R
Model/Series: A23
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Southern Eagle Flight School
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: FSM, 469 ft msl
Observation Time: 1153 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3100 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 120°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fort Smith, AR (FSM)
Destination: Fort Smith, AR (FSM)

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: 35.334444, -94.265556 (est)

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Arkansas  (KNWA)- A small plane crashed on Highway 59 Monday afternoon.

According to Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown, a single-engine Beech A23 plane crashed just south of Van Buren at Hollis Lake Road and Highway 59.

An 18-year woman was taking a flying lesson with an instructor. Around 2,000 feet they lost all engine power.

After failed attempts to restart the engine, they made an emergency landing on the highway. The instructor took over and crash landed on Highway 59.

After he touched down, 50 feet later, the plane crashed into the ditch. 

The plane is registered to BAP Group LLC of Fort Smith.

No one was injured as a result of the crash, according to Sheriff Brown.

Arkansas State Police are investigating along with the FAA.

Original article can be found here ➤

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