Saturday, October 10, 2020

Collision During Takeoff: Beechcraft A23-B19 Sport 150, N2177W; accident occurred October 09, 2019 at Fayette County Airport (KFYE), Somerville, Tennessee

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Memphis, Tennessee

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Somerville, TN
Accident Number: GAA20CA042
Date & Time: 10/09/2019, 1530 CDT
Registration: N2177W
Aircraft:Beech 19 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision during takeoff/land
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, shortly after takeoff, the engine "shut down" due to the fuel selector being in the "off" position. Subsequently, he made a forced landing to a field adjacent to the runway. He moved the fuel selector to the "on" position and then initiated a soft-field takeoff. During the takeoff roll, the airplane collided with an embankment, and it momentarily ascended before landing hard and then coming to rest upright. The nose landing gear separated from the airplane, and the fuel tanks ruptured. A fire ensued, which consumed the airplane. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to move the fuel selector position to the "on" position before takeoff, which resulted in a total loss of engine power and necessitated a forced landing to a field shortly after takeoff, and his subsequent improper decision to take off from unsuitable terrain, which resulted in collision with an embankment and a postcrash fire.


Personnel issues
Decision making/judgment - Pilot (Cause)
Use of equip/system - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Sloped/uneven terrain - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Initial climb
Loss of engine power (total)

Collision during takeoff/land (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)
Part(s) separation from AC

Fire/smoke (post-impact)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 74, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/02/2003
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 600 hours (Total, all aircraft), 5 hours (Total, this make and model), 600 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N2177W
Model/Series: 19 B19
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: MB-694
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/30/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed
Engine Model/Series: O-320-E3D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 3203 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: KM08, 499 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2035 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 86°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 160°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Somerville, TN (FYE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Fulton, KY (1M7)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1525 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Fayette County (FYE)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 435 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 35.196667, -89.396389 (est)

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