Saturday, January 11, 2020

Loss of Engine Power (Total): Beechcraft A23-B19 Sport 150, N2177W; accident occurred October 09, 2019 at Fayette County Airport (KFYE), Somerville, Tennessee

View of fire damage to the airplane.
Federal Aviation Administration

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Memphis, Tennessee

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Somerville, TN
Accident Number: GAA20CA042
Date & Time: 10/09/2019, 1530 CDT
Registration: N2177W
Aircraft: Beech 19
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

According to FAA Aviation Safety Inspectors, the pilot reported that he initiated a soft-field takeoff, with the intent of flying out of the field after making a forced landing. During the takeoff roll, the airplane collided with an embankment and the airplane momentarily ascended before landing hard. The nose landing gear separated from the airplane, "causing a rupture in the fuel tanks."

The airplane came to rest upright, but a fire erupted, "under the right wing" according to pilot.

The airplane was consumed by fire and sustained substantial damage. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 74, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/02/2003
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 600 hours (Total, all aircraft), 5 hours (Total, this make and model), 600 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N2177W
Model/Series: 19 B19
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: MB-694
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/30/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed
Engine Model/Series: O-320-E3D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 3203 hp
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: KM08, 499 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2035 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 86°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 160°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Somerville, TN (FYE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Fulton, KY (1M7)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1525 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Fayette County (FYE)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 435 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 35.196667, -89.396389 (est)

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