Saturday, December 14, 2019

Beechcraft Bonanza A36, N408P: Accident occurred December 06, 2019 near Kestrel Airpark (1T7), Spring Branch, Comal County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Spring Branch, TX
Accident Number: CEN20TA031
Date & Time: 12/06/2019, 1315 CDT
Registration: N408P
Aircraft: Beech 36
Injuries: 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On December 6, 2019, about 1315 central standard time, a Beechcraft A36 airplane, N408P, sustained substantial damage during an impact with terrain following an aborted takeoff at Kestrel Airpark (1T7), Spring Branch, Texas. The private pilot and four passengers were uninjured. The airplane was registered to Aviation Professionals LLC and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a visual flight rules flight plan had been filed.

According to the pilot, he had just landed at 1T7 from Ennis Municipal Airport (F41), Ennis, Texas. Prior to departure, he had topped off the fuel tanks, which resulted in 80 gallons of fuel for the planned 1 hour flight. He estimated the total fuel burn to be about 17 gallons. He stated that after landing at 1T7, he loaded the 4 passengers and completed an engine run-up, with no anomalies noted. He said the airplane weight was "more of a load than last time." He stated that due to the crosswind, he elected to utilize no flaps for the takeoff. At the end of the runway, he held the brakes, applied full power then released the brakes for takeoff. He stated that the engine sounded normal, but the airplane would not generate lift. When he reached a speed of about 80 knots, he tried to rotate, but the airplane would not fly and he felt it "shudder." He said he then reduced the engine power to abort the takeoff and maneuvered the airplane into the grass to slow it down. When asked, he thought the airplane reached 4 to 6 ft of altitude.

The airplane was equipped with a Continental Motors IO-550 series engine. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N408P
Model/Series: 36 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: KSAT, 809 ft msl
Observation Time: 1951 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 25000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 350°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 4 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 5 None
Latitude, Longitude:

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