Saturday, May 01, 2021

Beech 23, N2378Z: Accident occurred May 01, 2021 near Hutchinson Regional Airport (KHUT), Reno County, Kansas

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; Wichita, Kansas
Flying D Aviation of Kansas LLC

Location: Hutchinson, KS
Accident Number: CEN21LA208
Date & Time: May 1, 2021, 09:25 Local
Registration: N2378Z
Aircraft: Beech 23 
Injuries: 1 Minor, 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 1, 2021, at 0925 central daylight time, a Beech 23, N2378Z, was involved in an accident near Hutchinson, Kansas. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The pilot received minor injuries and the three passengers were uninjured. The airplane was operated as
a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 Young Eagles flight.

During takeoff, the pilot reported that the airplane would not climb higher than tree top level.

The airplane settled and collided with terrain.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N2378Z
Model/Series: 23
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: HUT,1543 ft msl 
Observation Time: 09:52 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0.5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C /7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Hutchinson, KS
Destination: Hutchinson, KS

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 38.066155,-97.86049 (est)

HUTCHINSON, Kansas  —Three people had minor injures after an accident just before 9:30a.m. Saturday at the Prairie Skies Air Show in Hutchinson. 

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a Beech 23 piloted by Dallas Arthur Hewett, 63, Wichita, attempted to take off from Hutchinson Airport. 

The aircraft had a engine failure. The pilot attempted to land, made a hard landing in the wheat field just south of the airport.

The KHP reported Hewett and two passengers  Samantha Leonor Dagorret, 29, Wichita, and Maxton W. Susee, 9, Hutchison, had minor injuries.  The KHP did not report where they were treated. The accident remains under investigation.

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