Saturday, January 18, 2020

Beech 76 Duchess, N6630D: Accident occurred January 16, 2020 at St. Charles County Smartt Airport (KSET), Missouri

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis, Missouri

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: St. Charles, MO
Accident Number: CEN20CA062
Date & Time: 01/16/2020, 1245 CST
Registration: N6630D
Aircraft: Beech 76
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The pilot and flight instructor had completed about two hours of multi-engine flight training and were performing a "zero thrust, single engine" full stop landing. A sink rate developed on final approach and the flight instructor told the pilot to "add a small amount of power to the right operating engine." The pilot misunderstood the instruction as "abort" and added full power to the right engine to abort the landing. The airplane rolled left and the flight instructor added right rudder to arrest the roll. The left wing hit the ground and the airplane rotated left on the ground, substantially damaging the airplane's left wing and collapsing the three landing gear. Neither pilot was injured. There were no mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 52, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/18/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/09/2019
Flight Time:  461 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2 hours (Total, this make and model), 406 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 72, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s):Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/17/2018
Occupational Pilot:Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/02/2019
Flight Time:  15788 hours (Total, all aircraft), 706 hours (Total, this make and model), 97 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 41 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N6630D
Model/Series: 76 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: ME-221
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/06/2020, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3900 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 10 Hours
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 8478 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Amateur/Experimental
Engine Model/Series: Unknown
Registered Owner: St Charles Flying Service Inc
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: St Charles Flying Service Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time:
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 280°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.75 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: St. Charles, MO (SET)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: St. Charles, MO (SET)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1100 CST
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: St Charles County Smartt (SET)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 436 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 36
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3800 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

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: 38.929167, -90.430833 (est)

St. Charles Flying Service, Inc.
There was an incident with one of our flight school aircraft on January 16th, but no one was injured. Thank you all for your support and concern for our pilot and staff. Again, nothing was hurt but the airplane. The incident is being reviewed by the necessary factions, and will run that course. As our Multi Engine training is suspended for now, we will be up and running again soon, so just bear with us. Again, thank you so much for your support and understanding. We are truly blessed with some amazing customers, employees, and community. 

Stay safe out there, after all, the real danger is on the roads! 
St. Charles Flying Service, Inc.

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