Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Beechcarft 35-C33 Debonair, N18AR: Accident occurred July 18, 2021 near Vance Brand Airport (KLMO), Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado

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; Denver, Colorado 


Location: Longmont, CO 
Accident Number: CEN21LA325
Date & Time: July 18, 2021, 08:55 Local
Registration: N18AR
Aircraft: Beech 35-C33 
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On July 18, 2021, about 0855 mountain daylight time, a Beech 35-C33 airplane, N18AR, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near the Vance Brand Airport (LMO), Longmont, Colorado. The pilot and passenger sustained serious and minor injuries, respectively. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that the preflight inspection and run-up were normal. However, after takeoff from runway 29, the airplane climb performance was not as expected. He initiated a shallow right turn to avoid a house off the departure end of the runway, and the airplane unexpectedly entered an aerodynamic stall.

The airplane impacted a hay field and came to rest about 1/3-mile from the departure end of the runway.

It had sustained damage to the fuselage and engine mount. Postaccident airframe and engine examinations are planned.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N18AR
Model/Series: 35-C33
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: LMO,5055 ft msl 
Observation Time: 08:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C /11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / 0 knots, 110°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.31 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Longmont, CO (LMO)
Destination: Red Oak, IA (RDK)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 40.17058,-105.17705


A plane was forced to make an emergency landing in a field shortly after taking off from an airport in Longmont.

Boulder County Communications was notified of an aircraft crash just west of the runway at the Vance-Brand Municipal Airport in Longmont on Sunday morning (July 18) at approximately 8:40 a.m.

As per an official press release from the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, the plane had just taken off from the airport and was occupied by two people - a 69-year-old male, who was piloting the aircraft, and a 62-year-old female passenger.

The pilot was reportedly able to make an emergency landing in a field just west of the runway at the Longmont airport.

Both occupants were fortunately able to exit the aircraft on their own and were transported to a local area hospital for evaluation with minor injuries.

Agencies including the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Longmont Police Department, Longmont Fire Department, Hygiene Fire Protection District and American Medical Response (AMR) all assisted during the Sunday morning incident.

The situation surrounding the emergency landing is not being considered suspicious at this time.

As per the press release, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be investigating the cause of the incident.

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