Saturday, March 06, 2021

Beech 35 Bonanza, N3394V: Fatal accident occurred March 06, 2021 near Palestine Municipal Airport (KPSN), Anderson 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
Textron Aircraft; Wichita, Kansas


Location: Palestine, TX 
Accident Number: CEN21LA151
Date & Time: March 6, 2021, 13:40 Local 
Registration: N3394V
Aircraft: Beech 35 
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On March 6, 2021, about 1340 central standard time, a Beech 35 airplane, N3394V, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Palestine, Texas. The private pilot sustained serious injuries and the private pilot-rated passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The airplane was recently purchased by the pilot and was being transported to the pilot’s home residence in the greater Dallas, Texas area. The pilot reported that while enroute, the engine lost power. The pilot maneuvered the airplane for a forced landing. The airplane impacted trees and came to rest in a grass field on a ranch about 4 miles southwest of Palestine. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage.

A Federal Aviation Administration aviation safety inspector and an air safety investigator from Textron Aviation traveled to the accident site to conduct documentation activities. The wreckage was recovered from the accident site for a future examination of the airframe, engine, and propeller.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N3394V
Model/Series: 35 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPSN,423 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C /2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 30°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.29 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Anahuac, TX
Destination: Dallas, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 31.711163,-95.678754 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.



TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board stated that the passenger in a plane crash that occurred in Anderson County on March 6 died because of his or her injuries. The pilot suffered serious injuries.

According to the NTSB’s preliminary report, the airplane that crashed was a single-engine Beech 35. The crash occurred at about 1:40 p.m. on March 6.

“The airplane was recently purchased by the pilot and was being transported to the pilot’s home residence in the greater Dallas, Texas area,” the report stated. “The pilot reported that while enroute, the engine lost power. The pilot maneuvered the plane for a forced landing.”

During its crash landing, the airplane struck trees and came to rest in a grass field about four miles southwest of Palestine. The plane suffered “substantial” damage to both wings and its fuselage.

The pilot and passenger were taken to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

According to the preliminary report, a Federal Aviation Administration aviation safety inspector and an air safety inspector from Textron Aviation went to the crash site “to conduct documentation activities.” The wreckage was recovered from the crash site so that the airframe, engine, and propeller could be examined.

The airplane departed from Anahuac, the report stated. No flight plan was filed.

The report did not identify the pilot or the passenger, and it did not go into detail about what might have caused the plane’s engine to lose power.

A previous East Texas News story stated that the field where the airplane crashed is in the 5000 block of FM 1990.
     


A single-engine plane crashed Saturday in a field in Anderson County, leaving two passengers seriously injured.

According to Texas DPS Sgt. Sara Warren, troopers responded to the scene around 1:50 p.m. March 6, in the 5000 block of FM 1990 at Gum Creek Ranch.

Warren said two people were on board, both injured and transported to local hospitals.

Jeff Jeffcoat posted a message to the Friends and Pilots of Palestine Municipal Airport Facebook group telling members the victims were not local.

“Just wanted to let everyone know that the plane that went down in Anderson County is not from our airport,” he stated. “All of our folks are accounted for and safe.”

Warren said the investigation will be handed over to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause of the accident.



ANDERSON COUNTY, Texas — Two people have been taken to a local hospital with serious injuries following a small plane crash in Anderson County. 

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, around 1:50 p.m. on Saturday, troopers were called to a Beechcraft C35 Bonanza crash in a field at 5236 Farm-to-Market Road 1900, just southwest of Palestine.

Two people were seriously injured and are being treated at a local hospital.


CORSICANA, Texas (KETK) – Two people were hospitalized after a plane crash in Anderson County.

On March 6, around 1:49 p.m., Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers were called to a single engine airplane crash in a field at the address of 5236 FM 1990.

There were two people on board, both were transported to local hospitals due to sustaining serious injuries.

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