Sunday, January 05, 2020

Fuel Related: Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, N36PS; accident occurred January 27, 2019 near Fort Worth Meacham International Airport (FTW), Texas

N36PS at the accident site.

Nose section and propeller.

The engine.

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Irving, Texas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fort Worth, TX
Accident Number: CEN19TA073
Date & Time: 01/27/2019, 1634 CST
Registration: N36PS
Aircraft: Beech A36
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel related
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 27, 2019, at 1634 central standard time a Beech A36, N36PS, lost engine power during a practice instrument approach to Fort Worth Meacham International Airport (FTW), Fort Worth, Texas. The airline transport certificated pilot made an off-airport forced landing in a field 5 miles southeast of FTW. The pilot sustained minor injuries, and the passenger was seriously injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the forward portion of the fuselage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions were reported at the airport about the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed for the flight that originated from Angel Fire, New Mexico (AXX), at 1300 and was en route to Arlington Municipal Airport (GKY), Arlington, Texas.

The pilot told the inspector that before departing AXX, both fuel tanks were 3/4 full. He also indicated this in his accident report. He said he maintained fuel balance by switching between the left and right tanks "several times" during the flight. As he approached the DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) TCA (Terminal Control Area), he requested and received vectors for a practice ILS (instrument landing system) [runway] 34 approach to FTW. Following slower traffic, he requested termination of the approach and said he would continue on to GKY. Shortly after climbing to 1,500 feet, the engine lost power. The pilot switched the fuel selector "to the other tank" and attempted to restart the engine to no avail. He said he failed to turn on the electric boost pump (as required in the emergency checklist) because he was too low to the ground. He lowered the landing gear but elected not to lower the flaps for landing. The airplane touched down on soft earth, the nose gear collapsed, and the airplane nosed down.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector inspected the wreckage and sumped clear, bright fuel from the airplane's left fuel tank that appeared to be free of contaminants. The fuel gauges indicated slightly more than 1/4 full in the left fuel tank but the right tank was empty. Visual inspection of the tanks revealed a small, unknown fuel quantity in the left tank and the right fuel tank was empty. The fuel selector was positioned on the left tank. No mechanical anomalies were noted with the engine or fuel system that would have precluded normal operations. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 55, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane; Helicopter; Powered-Lift
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s):  Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Gyroplane; Helicopter; Instrument Airplane; Instrument Helicopter; Powered-Lift
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/27/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/05/2018
Flight Time:  5290 hours (Total, all aircraft), 320 hours (Total, this make and model), 4005 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 50 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 23 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N36PS
Model/Series: A36
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: E-1012
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/15/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3651 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3300 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 300 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: FTW, 710 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1645 CST
Direction from Accident Site: 315°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / -4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Angel Fire, NM (AXX)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Arlington, TX (GKY)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1300 MST
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Airport: Fort Worth Meacham International (FTW)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 710 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 34
IFR Approach: ILS; Practice
Runway Length/Width: 7502 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 32.755833, -97.297778

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