Friday, September 03, 2021

Beech A35 Bonanza, N8419A: Accident occurred September 02, 2021 in Morrilton, Conway County, Arkansas

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; Little Rock, Arkansas

Location: Morrilton, AR
Accident Number: CEN21LA405
Date & Time: September 2, 2021, 10:45 Local 
Registration: N8419A
Aircraft: Beech A35
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 2, 2021, about 1045 central daylight time, a Beech A35 airplane, N8419A, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Morrilton, Arkansas. The pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The passenger reported that he had recently purchased the airplane and that he and the pilot were in the process of flying it to his home airport. The pilot and passenger had flown the airplane before the purchase and for familiarization before the accident flight and the airplane operated normally.

For the accident flight, they departed the Ada Regional Airport (ADH), Ada, Oklahoma, about 0910 with an intended fuel stop at the Searcy Municipal Airport (SRC), Searcy, Arkansas, a distance of about 244 nm. The pilot reported that the airplane’s cruise altitude was 8,500 ft. msl., and they cruised on the left fuel tank for about 1.25 hours. He then switched to the rear fuel tank and fuel pressures were normal.

About 7 or 8 minutes later, the engine suddenly lost all power, but the propeller remained windmilling. He switched the fuel selector from the rear tank to the right tank and attempted to restart the engine to no avail. After descending through a cloud layer, he switched to the left fuel tank and was able to start the engine briefly and then it lost all power again. The pilot attempted to glide the airplane to the Morrilton Municipal Airport, Morrilton, Arkansas, but had insufficient altitude. The airplane impacted trees and became suspended in the trees. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N8419A
Model/Series: A35
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:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRUE,403 ft msl
Observation Time: 10:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 4800 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Ada, OK (ADH)
Destination: Searcy, AR (SRC)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 35.136195,-92.713497 (est)

1 comment:

  1. I almost bought this one when it was in OK, hate to see it bent up!