Thursday, September 12, 2019

Beechcraft A23, N3555R: Accident occurred September 10, 2019 at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (KECP), Panama City, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N3555R

Location: Panama City, FL
Accident Number: ERA19TA276
Date & Time: 09/10/2019, 1220 CDT
Registration: N3555R
Aircraft: Beech 23
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On September 10, 2019, about 1220 central daylight time, a Beech A-23, N3555R, was substantially damaged during a forced landing at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) Panama City, Florida. The student pilot and flight instructor were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the student pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

The student pilot reported that he and his flight instructor were performing airport traffic pattern work, go-arounds and touch and go landings to runway 16. After a normal go-around due to excessive crosswinds, they initiated a no-flap landing for the next attempt. As the pilot became established on short final, he reported that the approach was normal, but when he attempted to arrest his descent by increasing engine power, the engine did not respond. He pulled the power lever out (towards idle) and the instructor told him to immediately "push it back in to add power." After several unsuccessful attempts to increase engine power, the instructor took control of the airplane and attempted to land. The propeller was wind milling during short final then completely stopped just before landing in the grass short of runway 16; the airplane then bounced onto the runway, hitting one of the approach lights, before rolling a short distance down the runway and coming to a stop.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the right wing spar was damaged, and the upper and lower areas on the right wing were buckled. The maintenance service provider's mechanic stated that during recovery of the airplane and inspection, they discovered foreign object debris with the consistency of dirt blocking the fuel vent line.

The flight instructor held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land, multiengine land, instrument airplane. She also held a flight instructor certificate with ratings for airplane single engine and instrument airplane. She reported 3,150 hours total time. She was issued an FAA second-class medical certificate in May 2019.

The student pilot/owner was issued an FAA third-class medical certificate in August 2017.

According to FAA records, the airplane was issued a standard airworthiness certificate on April 12, 1965. It was a four-place, internally braced low-wing airplane, that was equipped with fixed tricycle landing gear, and a Continental IO-346A, 165-horsepower engine driving a two-blade metal fixed pitch propeller. The student pilot purchased the airplane on May 10, 2017.

The weather conditions reported at ECP at 1153 included winds 080° at 7 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, scattered clouds at 4,500 ft, temperature 34° C, dew point 22° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.18 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N3555R
Model/Series: 23 A23
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:Day 
Observation Facility, Elevation: ECP, 68 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 80°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Panama City, FL (ECP)
Destination: Panama City, FL (ECP)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries:2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 30.358333, -85.795556 (est)

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