Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Beech 95-55, N1332Z; accident occurred July 14, 2020 at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (KDWH), Harris County, Texas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Up and Up Aviation LLC

Location: Spring, TX
Accident Number:CEN20CA284 
Date & Time: 07/14/2020, 1240 CDT
Registration: N1332Z
Aircraft: Beech 95 55
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The cabin entry door popped open during the takeoff roll. The pilot immediately rejected the takeoff; however, the airplane did not slow down. As the pilot attempted to exit onto a taxiway at the end of the runway, the airplane departed the pavement and came to rest in a ditch causing substantial damage to the forward fuselage, and damage to nose gear and propellers. during a postaccident inspection, a Federal Aviation Administration inspector determined that the left main landing gear brake disc was discolored consistent with overheating. The brake liners were worn at or beyond service limits. The right main landing gear brake disc and liners remained within service limits; although, the disc was warped. No other anomalies were observed.

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 27, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/19/2019
Occupational Pilot:Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/24/2019
Flight Time: 686 hours (Total, all aircraft), 246 hours (Total, this make and model), 591 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 136 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 28 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 46, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/07/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/10/2020
Flight Time: 4352 hours (Total, all aircraft), 954 hours (Total, this make and model), 3900 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 49 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 19 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N1332Z
Model/Series: 95 55
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1961
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number:TC-141 
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/26/2020, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 5100 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 148 Hours
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6218.8 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental Motors
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-470
Registered Owner: Up And Up Aviation LLC
Rated Power: 260 hp
Operator: TexasFlight
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: DWH, 152 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1253 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 360°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 190°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Spring, TX (DWH)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Spring, TX (DWH)
Type of Clearance:VFR 
Departure Time: 1240 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: David Wayne Hooks Memorial (DWH)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 152 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 17R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7009 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire:None 
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 30.054167, -95.551667


  1. Right main skid mark looks like it went right over that marker light pole. How is that thing still standing and there's no visible damage to the right wing leading edge or engine cowling? Are these light fixtures made of rubber and bend? Yes, this is a real question.

    1. I work at the airport and those are just plastic reflectors. It broke when the gear hit it but we were able to bend it back into place temporarily.

    2. ^^Thank you! That puzzle was triggering my ever-suppressed OCD!

  2. He hit a mud hole - look at the mud on the nose and starboard spinner. The last photo shows there is a water-filled muddy spot under the plane, also historically visible on google map (zoom in to pin showing where he ended up):

    Zoom in and look close at the KR photo:

  3. That is a very sad outcome if all they did was practice an engine malfunction on TO run - all that needs to be done is close the throttles and instinctively maintain directional control with the rudder.

    1. Aborted takeoff from a 7000 foot long runway, skid marks where they could not slow down and make the end of runway turnoff. No more runway remained if they did not attempt the turn. Probably was not "practice", either very late abort or just taxied too fast.

      Look at where they ended up: