Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Beechcraft V35 Bonanza, N581U: Incident occurred March 08, 2020 near Destin Executive Airport (KDTS), Okaloosa County, Florida -and- Incident occurred August 20, 2016 near Manhattan Regional Airport (KMHK), Kansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Alabama and NW Florida

March 08, 2020: Aircraft declared Mayday due to engine failure and landed in a residential neighborhood. 


Date: 08-MAR-20
Time: 15:07:00Z
Regis#: N581U
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91

Beechcraft V35 Bonanza, N581U 
March 8th, 2020

DESTIN — The pilot and passenger who survived a plane crash Sunday morning were identified as a father and son from Kansas.

Jason Dougherty, 47, of Garden City, Kansas and Caleb Dougherty, 22, of Salina were onboard a Beechcraft V35 Bonanza when it went down short of the Destin Executive Airport runway, according to a press release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

The two, along with their Labrador retriever, were flying into the Destin area for vacation.

The three survived without a scratch after just missing a home and landing in a tree in the area of Main Street and Planet Drive around 10 a.m., the release said.

According to the Sheriff’s Office incident report, the pilot said he was on final approach to the airport when his only engine started to give out. He said he tried to adjust the mixture and switch fuel tanks, but the engine quit.

He made a “Mayday” call to the Destin Control tower before the plane hit some trees and started to slide to one side slowly, he said.

The left wing stopped when it hit the ground, which kept the plane from completely falling out of the tree, the pilot said.

Someone arrived with a ladder and helped them out of the tree.

The homeowner told the deputy she was out walking her dog when she heard a noise and came home to find the plane in her backyard trees.

There was no damage to her home, but aircraft fuel was spilled around the trees, the report said.

The plane suffered significant damage and someone from the National Transportation Safety Board was scheduled to come out Monday and investigate the incident.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.nwfdailynews.com

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

August 20, 2016: Aircraft force landed in a field. 

Date: 20-AUG-16
Time: 15:40:00Z
Regis#: N581U
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: Kansas


  1. "The three survived without a scratch after just missing a home and landing in a tree ..."

    Incredible outcome.

  2. I would start the investigation with the fuel receipts

  3. Wow! There have been some fatals here in similar fashion over the years. What luck. Looking at that aircraft in that position is almost like looking at a still frame of a video of it crashing into the home with a sadder outcomes. I soloed and flew out of this airport from the nearby Eglin Air Force Base aero club I was based at. There is a golf course on the east side surrounded by large pines, and I always had that in mind. Everywhere else around there it is homes and businesses. That and the Gulf Of Mexico beach always full of people and the Choctawatchee Bay on opposite ends of the runway. Not many put down options when something happens in the pattern on short notice there.

  4. Wonder if it was long straight in approach says he was on final should have been able to make the runway unless he was too low by then.

  5. He was obviously too low. The intersection of Main St. and Planet Drive is in line with RWY 14 center line (north side of airport). That's the area where they went down. They almost made it to the open grass stretch to the right of 14 and clearly didn't even have enough altitude to clear the power lines before that open stretch. I wonder if he intentionally put it down in the trees knowing there was no making any safe landing.