Sunday, May 17, 2020

Runway Excursion: Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, N6056Q; accident occurred February 10, 2020 at Catalina Airport (KAVX), Avalon, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Avalon, CA
Accident Number: WPR20CA090
Date & Time: 02/10/2020, 1245 PST
Registration: N6056Q
Aircraft: Beech 36
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that during the approach, he was a little high and a little fast and touched down about one quarter of the way down the runway. During the landing roll, the pilot thought that he had reduced the power to idle. However, as he was looking down the runway to see the end, he realized that he was carrying too much power, which would prevent him from stopping in the available runway remaining; it was also too late to initiate a takeoff. He therefore applied maximum braking but was unable to stop the airplane before reaching the end of the runway. Subsequently, the airplane exited the runway, nosed over, and impacted terrain.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and empennage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 75, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/13/2020
Occupational Pilot:
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/05/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1117 hours (Total, all aircraft), 64 hours (Total, this make and model), 1016 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 17 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N6056Q
Model/Series: A36 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: E-1504
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:1 Reciprocating 
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-BA
Registered Owner: Bartair Inc
Rated Power: 285 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: KAVX, 1602 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1151 PST
Direction from Accident Site: 270°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 310°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: San Diego, CA (MYF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Avalon, CA (AVX)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 1200 PST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport:Catalina (AVX) 
Runway Surface Type:Asphalt 
Airport Elevation: 1602 ft
Runway Surface Condition:Dry 
Runway Used: 22
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3000 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic Pattern

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: 33.405000, -118.415833 (est)

1 comment:

  1. It’s actually refreshing to hear a pilot just straightforwardly admit they screwed up – no excuses, no mysteriously fleeting mechanical issues, no gremlins on the wing.

    I am very glad your okay, Honest Pilot, and thank you for setting a good example!