Thursday, October 24, 2019

Beech N35 Bonanza, N564T: Accident occurred October 18, 2019 at Monroe County Airport (KMNV), Madisonville, Tennessee

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Madisonville, TN
Accident Number: ERA20LA018
Date & Time: 10/18/2019, 1530 EDT
Registration: N564T
Aircraft: Beech N35
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On October 18, 2019, about 1530 eastern daylight time, a Beech N35 airplane, N564T, impacted terrain and trees after experiencing a loss of engine power during a go-around at Monroe County Airport (MNV), Madisonville, Tennessee. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Kirk Air Base Airport (T73), Lancaster, South Carolina at 1414 and was destined for MNV.

The pilot reported that about 8 miles from MNV he canceled his IFR clearance and decided to perform a training exercise by simulating an engine failure during the approach to landing. He entered the traffic pattern for runway 5 and reduced power to idle; while on final approach he reported that the airplane was "a little fast and high" so he performed a forward slip to the left (left rudder application) for a "second or two." He continued the approach and the airplane touched down with about 1,000 ft remaining of the 3,643 ft runway and immediately bounced back into the air. He reported that he subsequently decided to perform a go-around and "pulled the airplane back into the air." He then applied full forward throttle, propeller, and mixture control, but there was no response from the engine. The airplane subsequently sank into descending terrain, touched down in the grass, and skidded into a line of trees. The pilot reported that the propeller was wind-milling throughout the approach until the impact with the trees. The left and right wing sustained substantial damage.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airman records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, glider, and instrument airplane. He was issued an FAA third-class medical certificate in June 2019. He reported a total flight time of 583 hours, of which 506 hours were in the accident airplane make and model.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the 4-seat airplane was powered by a Continental IO-470-N, 260-horsepower engine. The most recent annual inspection was completed in August 2019.

At 1535, the MNV hourly weather observation included wind from a heading of 050°, varying from 020° to 080°, at 6 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, clear skies, temperature 20°C, and dew point 3°C.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N564T
Model/Series: N35 NO SERIES
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: KMNV, 1031 ft msl
Observation Time: 1535 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 50°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Lancaster, SC (T73)
Destination: Madisonville, TN (MNV)

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: 35.550556, -84.374444 (est) 

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