Sunday, February 02, 2020

Beech V35A Bonanza, N7956M: Accident occurred November 23, 2019 at Caldwell Industrial Airport (KEUL), Canyon County, Idaho

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Caldwell, ID

Accident Number: WPR20LA033
Date & Time: 11/23/2019, 1430 MST
Registration: N7956M
Aircraft: Beech 35
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 23, 2019, at 1430 mountain standard time, a Beechcraft V-35A-TC airplane, N7956M, landed hard following a loss of engine power after takeoff from Caldwell Industrial Airport (EUL), Caldwell, Idaho. The airline transport pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local area flight and no flight plan had been filed.

According to the pilot, this was the first flight after the annual inspection had been performed. The takeoff was uneventful and shortly after liftoff, about 400 ft above ground level (agl), the engine began to run rough with a noticeable power loss. The pilot reported smoke in the cockpit, which appeared to be coming from the lower left firewall area. The engine continued to lose power and he selected the right main fuel tank; however, there was no change and the engine continued to lose power until it quit.

The pilot made the decision to land on the airport and set up for landing. About 150 ft agl, the passenger lowered the landing gear. While in the base turn, the pilot realized that the airplane was not going to line up with the runway. He leveled the wings, and as the airplane neared the ground, it stalled and landed hard. The airplane bounced a couple of times before the right-wing tip struck the runway followed by the left wing impacting the VASI/PAPI light structure. The airplane came to rest upright.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors examined the airplane and reported that the wastegate exhaust elbow separated from the waste gate and the tailpipe which caused exhaust gas to melt the magneto P-leads, which led to a shut down of the engine. The airplane was moved to a secure hangar for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N7956M
Model/Series: 35 V35A
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: KEUL, 2429 ft msl
Observation Time: 1456 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / -4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 130°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.33 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Caldwell, ID (EUL)
Destination: Caldwell, ID (EUL) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 43.641944, -116.635833 (est)

1 comment:

  1. Another post maintenance accident... if this turns out to be a result of the work done at the annual, it should make every one of us recreational pilots think about how we can prevent this from happening to us!


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