Saturday, October 30, 2021

Beechcraft K35 Bonanza, N899RW: Incident occurred October 28, 2021 in Hammond, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Aircraft experienced engine issues and made an emergency landing in the median of Interstate 12. 

Date: 28-OCT-21
Time: 19:01:00Z
Regis#: N899RW
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: K35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91


  1. Oil pressure issue. No injuries.

    News video includes video from passing car that caught part of the landing, photos of the plane afterwards and the dented truck:

    1. Somebody forgot to tighten and safety wire the oil filter.

    2. Forums have reported that the oil filter backed off, but unclear whether the adapter AD had to be performed on this airplane. Sure would be sad if distraction while performing the AD contributed to an error/missed step that took down the Bo.

      Found a safety wire incorrectly strung in reverse pull on a propulsion system of a rocket once. The highly disciplined mechanic and inspector team that correctly performed such work hundreds of times missed recognizing that backwards installation, readily apparent to fresh eyes. Mistakes can happen anytime.