Sunday, December 27, 2020

Birdstrike: Beech 200 Super King Air, N850BK; accident occurred October 31, 2019 near New Braunfels Regional Airport (KBAZ), Guadalupe County, Texas

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

RPM Consulting LLC

Location: New Braunfels, Texas
Accident Number: GAA20CA054
Date & Time: October 31, 2019, 17:00 Local
Registration: N850BK
Aircraft: Beech 200 
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Defining Event: Birdstrike
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation


The pilot reported that the airplane was descending through 2,500 ft while about 200 knots when a single bird struck the upper left corner of the pilot-side windshield. The windshield was broken and cracked by the impact. The pilot was seriously injured by flying glass that ejected from the broken inner ply's surface, which affected his vision. The passenger in the cabin moved up into the copilot's seat, and while being instructed by the pilot, landed the airplane without further incident. The airplane sustained minor damage to the windshield. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical 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 airplane's in-flight collision with a bird.


Environmental issues Animal(s)/bird(s) - Effect on personnel
Environmental issues Animal(s)/bird(s) - Ability to respond/compensate

Factual Information

History of Flight

Enroute-descent Birdstrike (Defining event)

Pilot Information
Certificate: Airline transport; Private
Age: 54, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter 
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: October 11, 2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: November 10, 2018
Flight Time: (Estimated) 8500 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3400 hours (Total, this make and model), 6000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Passenger Information

Certificate: Age: Male
Airplane Rating(s): 
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): 
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: 
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N850BK
Model/Series: 200 B200
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: BB-896
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle 
Seats: 10
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 12500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Turbo prop
Airframe Total Time: Engine
Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: PT6-42
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 850 Horsepower
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBAZ,645 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 21:51 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 324°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 360° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.37 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / -6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Dallas, TX (ADS)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: New Braunfels, TX (BAZ)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 16:00 Local
Type of Airspace: Class D

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 29.774999,-97.977775(est)


  1. Great outcome, skillful and determined pilot and passenger.

  2. Now here's a real hero! Saved himself, his passenger and the plane while flying blind. Amazing.