Saturday, September 26, 2020

Beechcraft V35B Bonanza, N3958A: Accident occurred September 24, 2020 in Terrell, Kaufman 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 Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Irving, Texas 
Continental Engines; Mobile, Alabama 
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

Location: Terrell, TX
Accident Number: CEN20LA420
Date & Time: September 24, 2020, 13:50 Local
Registration: N3958A
Aircraft: Beech V35
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:

On September 24, 2020, about 1350 central daylight time, a Beech V35 B airplane, N3958A, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Terrell, Texas. The private pilot was uninjured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to initial information from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the flight departed from the Propwash Airport, near Justin, Texas, about 1320, and was destined for the Van Zandt County Regional Airport, near Wills Point, Texas. The pilot reported the airplane had a loss of engine power and he performed a forced landing. The airplane impacted trees and terrain during the forced landing where the airplane sustained substantial damage.

An FAA inspector examined and documented the airplane at the accident site. The pilot reported to the inspector that the airplane had 35 to 45 gallons in each wing before departure. The pilot cycled the throttle, placed the mixture in its forward position, and switched from the left fuel tank to the right tank. However, the engine did not respond to those actions. The pilot said that the fuel gauges indicated half tanks for both wings. The inspector found that the right wing contained fuel and the left wing was compromised from impact damage.

The pilot reported that he had recently purchased the airplane and its last annual inspection was completed in September 2020. He stated that he had about 1,500 hours of total flight time.

The airplane wreckage was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N3958A
Model/Series: V35 B 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTRL,475 ft msl
Observation Time: 12:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C /16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 350°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1700 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Justin, TX (16X)
Destination: Wills Point, TX (76F)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 32.787931,-96.093123 (est)


  1. This aircraft had a manufactures A/W date of 07/28/1970. About 3 months later on Oct. 17 1970 it was involved in an accident in Aspen, CO. and the two occupants on board were fatally injured. The aircraft was declared damaged beyond repair. So, how can this aircraft, 50 years later, be "Repaired" and still flying around? (2020 accident) (1970 accident)

    1. It can be done. If you still have some usable primary structure and a data plate, FAA has a process and rules about reconstructing legitimately. Seeing as how the first wreck happened when it was new, there would be financial motivation to restore by whoever bought the wreck.

      See "e. Returning a destroyed or scrapped aircraft to service." on page 3-2 here:

  2. sometimes N numbers are also recycled. Please forgive me if the serial numbers also match....

    1. Why? what have you done so wrong that you have to ask for forgiveness?