Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Beech A36 Bonanza, N3256V: Accident occurred August 16, 2020 near Kornegay (53XS), San Benito, Cameron County, Texas

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

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

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


Location: San Benito, TX
Accident Number: CEN20LA346
Date & Time: 08/16/2020, 1300 CDT
Registration: N3256V
Aircraft: Beech 36
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On August 16, 2020, about 1300 central daylight time, a Beech A36 airplane, N3256V, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near San Benito, Texas. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, shortly after takeoff from the Kornegay Private Airport (53XS), the engine lost partial power. He activated the electric fuel pump at which time the engine lost all power. The pilot attempted to return to his private airport but landed short with the landing gear retracted in a cotton field. The airplane's forward fuselage was substantially damaged.

The airplane and engine were recovered and will be examined.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N3256V
Model/Series: 36 A36
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: HRL, 36 ft msl
Observation Time: 1652 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: San Benito, TX (53XS)
Destination: Harlingen, TX (HRL)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire:None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
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