Monday, September 13, 2021

Beech 35-B33 Debonair, N8983M: Accident occurred September 11, 2021 in Baker, White Pine County, Nevada

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; Reno, Nevada

Location: Baker, NV
Accident Number: WPR21LA358
Date & Time: September 11, 2021, 13:00 Local
Registration: N8983M
Aircraft: Beech 35-B33 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 11, 2021, about 1300 Pacific daylight time, a Beech BE35-B33, N8983M, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Baker, Nevada. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that before the flight, his mechanic replaced the exhaust push rod for the No. 1 cylinder. The engine was ground run at various power settings with no anomalies noted. The mechanic subsequently deemed the airplane safe to fly back to the pilot’s home airport.

The pilot reported that he departed from the dirt runway, and during the initial climb, he retracted the landing gear and the engine lost total power. The pilot stated that he was able to extend the landing gear and make a forced landing to the open desert terrain. During the landing roll, the nose landing gear and right main landing gear collapsed. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N8983M
Model/Series: 35-B33
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KELY,6262 ft msl 
Observation Time: 12:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 38 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 14 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 12000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.26 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Baker, NV 
Destination: Henderson, NV (HND)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.083333,-114.06666 (est)

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