Saturday, September 12, 2020

Beechcraft G35 Bonanza, N4636D: Accident occurred September 07, 2020 near Canyon Lake Airport (34TS), Comal 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: Canyon Lake, TX

Accident Number: CEN20LA380
Date & Time: 09/07/2020, 1247 CDT
Registration: N4636D
Aircraft: Beech 35
Injuries: 2 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On September 7, 2020, about 1247 central daylight time, a Beech G35 airplane, N4636D, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Canyon Lake, Texas. The pilot and one passenger were seriously injured. A second passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported to a Federal Aviation Administration Inspector that while enroute to the Canyon Lake Airport (34TS) the engine lost all power a few minutes after he switched the fuel selector to the left main fuel tank. The pilot attempted a forced landing to a clearing but struck trees on the edge of the clearing and the airplane impacted the ground. The airplane incurred substantial damage to its fuselage and both wings.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech

Registration: N4636D
Model/Series: 35 G35
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: BAZ, 658 ft msl
Observation Time: 1751 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Fort Stockton, TX (FST)
Destination: Canyon Lake, TX (34TS)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious

Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:

CANYON LAKE, Texas - Construction workers rushed to rescue two adults and a child after their plane crashed north of Canyon Lake this Labor Day.

Hugo Sanchez was on lunch break with his crew when he said they saw the small plane flying about 15 to 20 feet above a home on Primrose Path.

He said they thought it was going to land on the home. Instead, the Beechcraft G35 Bonanza crashed into a field. Sanchez said his crew immediately ran to help while calling 911.

At the scene, they found a man, woman and a little girl, who they say looked to be around five.

Sanchez said they helped all three victims until paramedics arrived.

Sanchez said he wonders how long the victims might have been without help, if he and his crew had not witnessed the crash

He says the crash was silent, it appeared like the engine had gone out and there was no fire after.

Sanchez told us the woman had a gash on her forehead and the man was bleeding from his ear. Both were flown to a hospital in Kyle, Texas.

"The baby, she didn't have any injuries, but she did seem scared," Sanchez said.

The girl was released to a parent, who arrived at the scene after the crash.

Sanchez said he thinks the three were very lucky. As of Monday night, we've learned the plane took off from Fort Stockton. This is the second plane traveling from west Texas in the last five months to crash at Canyon Lake. The Federal Aviation Administration is taking over the investigation.

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