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Beech J35 Bonanza, N8359D: Accident occurred May 17, 2020 near Cascade Locks State Airport (KCZK), Hood River County, Oregon

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; Hillsboro, Oregon 

Location: Cascade Locks, OR
Accident Number: WPR20LA161
Date & Time: May 17, 2020, 11:45 Local
Registration: N8359D
Aircraft: Beech 35 
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 17, 2020, at 1145 Pacific daylight time, a Beechcraft BE-35 airplane, N8359D, was substantially damaged when it was involved with an accident near Cascade Locks, Oregon. The pilot received minor injuries, and the passenger was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, after performing a thorough preflight, and run up, he and his passenger departed on a personal flight; the takeoff was normal. They flew up the Columbia River Gorge, and the pilot recalled switching to the auxiliary fuel tank before they made the turn back to return to Portland Troutdale Airport (TTD), Portland, Oregon. During the flight back, he decided to familiarize himself with Cascade Locks State Airport (CZK), as it is an airport in his home area. The pilot set up for a 2 miles straight-in approach, when he saw a person on the north side of the runway more than half-way down the runway. After overflying the person, the airplane was about ¾'s of the way down the runway when he advanced the throttle to go around; throttle to full and flaps retracted. The nose of the airplane pitched up to climb, and then the pilot reported a lack of acceleration and the engine volume decreased. He returned the airplane to level flight and switched from the AUX fuel tank to the RIGHT fuel tank.

The pilot looked for a suitable landing area and made sure that his throttle, mixture, and propeller levers will full forward. The pilot reported a rocky shoreline and with no other options, set up for a forced landing to the water. The airplane landed in the water near the shoreline, and the pilot and passenger were able to exit the airplane without assistance and swam to shore. The airplane sank.

The airplane was recovered from 20 ft of water less than a mile from CZK.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N8359D
Model/Series: 35 J35
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTTD,29 ft msl
Observation Time: 11:22 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C /-16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 3100 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.73 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Portland, OR (TTD)
Destination: Cascade Locks, OR (CZK)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 45.67361,-121.890556 (est)

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