Saturday, December 14, 2019

Beech 95-B55 (T42A), N9404Q: Accident occurred December 01, 2019 at Grove City Airport (29D), Mercer County, Pennsylvania

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allegheny, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Grove City, PA
Accident Number: ERA20LA052
Date & Time: 10/01/2019, 1145 EDT
Registration: N9404Q
Aircraft: Beech 55
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 1, 2019, at 1145 eastern daylight time, a Beech 55, N9404Q, was substantially damaged following a loss of engine power during landing near Grove City, Pennsylvania. The commercial pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The local flight departed Grove City Airport (29D) Grove City, Pennsylvania, about 1100.

The pilot stated he was out flying around "burning up some gas." He flew about 30 to 45 minutes and was on final approach for runway 28 at 200 ft when he noticed on the precision approach path indicator (PAPI) lights that he was low. He attempted to add power but the left engine did not respond; he attempted to restart the engine to no avail. He pulled power to the right engine and touched down to the left side of the runway.

Initial examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the nose wheel casting was crushed upward and resulted in substantial damage to the bulkhead. The left wing fuel tank was empty and no fuel would drain from the wing tank sump.

According to the FAA inspector, the pilot reported he departed 29D with an unknown quantity of fuel. He flew to Greenville Municipal Airport (4G1), Greenville, Pennsylvania, a 10-minute flight, and overflew the airport looking to see if a mechanic friend was there; when he was not there the pilot flew back to 29D. While in the vicinity of 4G1 he noted he had about 1/8 of a tank of fuel in both fuel tanks.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single- and multiengine land and instrument airplane. His most recent FAA second class medical certificate was issued July 8, 2019. He reported 3,125 hours of flight experience on that date.

According to FAA records, the airplane was manufactured in 1970 and was powered by two Continental IO-470, 260-horsepower engines.

At 1200, the weather recorded at 29D included wind 250° at 9 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, clear skies, temperature 29°C, dew point was 19°C and an altimeter setting of 30.04 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N9404Q
Model/Series:55 95B55 
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: KUCP, 1073 ft msl
Observation Time: 1200 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 250°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Grove City, PA (29D)
Destination: Grove City, PA (29D)

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: 41.146111, -80.168056 (est)

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