Monday, August 05, 2019

Beechcraft V35B Bonanza, N3804X: Fatal accident occurred July 30, 2019 in Senneterre, Quebec, Canada

Bruce Cameron

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Bradley

Two Three Echo Ltd

NTSB Identification: CEN19WA268
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 30, 2019 in Senneterre, Quebec, Canada
Aircraft: BEECH V35, registration: N3804X
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of Canada has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a Beech V35 airplane that occurred on July 30, 2019. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Canada's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

All investigative information will be released by the government of Canada.

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.

Date: 30-JUL-19
Time: 01:37:00Z
Regis#: N3804X
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

Beechcraft V35B Bonanza, N3804X

A small American plane that went missing Monday near Senneterre has been found. The pilot, who was the only person on board, was found dead amid plane wreckage in dense forest in northwestern Quebec.

A Canadian armed forces helicopter sent to search for the Beechcraft V35B Bonanza found it around 7 p.m. Friday in Quebec’s Val d’Or region, about 525 kilometres northwest of Montreal.

Capt. Trevor Reid says the air force, provincial police and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada are investigating.

“It was found in very austere terrain, dense forest and large trees,” he said. “The pilot was found with no vital signs.”

About 100 rescuers from the RCAF, Quebec’s provincial police and other agencies participated in the search operation.

“We hope that this discovery helps the family with its grief and our thoughts are with them during this difficult time,” chief of operations John Landry said in a statement.

Six armed forces aircraft, a Coast Guard helicopter, a Sûreté du Québec helicopter and six Quebec rescue aircraft assisted in the search, as did planes from the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association flown by volunteers.

The plane left an airport in Wisconsin, flying toward Danbury, Connecticut. The pilot deviated from his flight plan toward the north because of weather.

“We know he turned north to avoid a very large storm,” Reid said Saturday. “What remains unknown and what is now part of the investigation … is how he came to be that far north.”

Air traffic control lost contact north of Senneterre, in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region.

The website, which tracks active flights, indicates the plane, with callsign N3804X, took off at 2:55 p.m. Monday from Wittman Regional Airport near Oshkosh, northwest of Milwaukee. It proceeded northeast over Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, passed between Malartic and Val-d’Or and flew north to Senneterre before turning northwest.

The air force did not identify the pilot.

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  1. He spent 2+ hours at 11,500'. I wonder if his plane was equipped with oxygen or if he had a malfunction with it leading to confusion and poor decision making. Based on the FlightAware track it looked like he was headed to YUY airport but then turned east. I wonder if he finally ran out of fuel?

  2. 11 500 for having done that many time won't affect you. Just a small like hangover went you land. Unless he was a smoker. Could be worse.

    We don't know is the last communication. Could be interesting to know.

    Might be unconscious and just run out of fuel.

    The final path of the plane makes it look like free falling.

  3. "He spent 2+ hours at 11,500'" Insightful observation.

    11,500' is high enough to make a person sleepy. This flight took off a few minutes before 3PM. The plane would've run out of fuel perhaps 5 hours later, getting well into evening. Drone of the engine. Sun setting behind the airplane. Fairly remote stretch of the trip and perhaps not a lot of chatter on the radio.

  4. Well, he dodged the storm.
    This reminds me of the guys in Maine who became lost while moose hunting. They complained to their guide "Hey, you said you were the best guide in the whole US!" He replied "I am! But I don't think we're in the US anymore!"

  5. High altitude and long duration flight. No supplemental oxygen even at 11000 feet is a recipe for disaster. Use it above 8000, every time. No oxygen, then stat below 7500. Simple as that.