Saturday, October 30, 2021

Beechcraft K35 Bonanza, N899RW: Accident occurred October 28, 2021 near Hammond Northshore Regional Airport (KHDC), Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana

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; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Location: Hammond, Louisiana
Accident Number: CEN22LA037
Date and Time: October 28, 2021, 16:26 Local
Registration: N899RW
Aircraft: Beech K35 
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On October 28, 2021, about 1626 central daylight time, a Beech K35, N899RW, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Hammond, Louisiana. The pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that the airplane was on approach to the Hammond Northshore Regional Airport (HDC), Hammond, Louisiana. Shortly after being cleared to land on runway 31, smoke filled the cockpit and the oil pressure gauge indicated zero. Unable to make the runway, the pilot declared an emergency and made a left turn toward the westbound lanes of a nearby interstate. The airplane touched down in between traffic and the right wing struck a truck. The airplane swerved right then left and exited the interstate pavement. The airplane came to rest came to rest nose down against the median fence. The right wing sustained substantial damage.

During airplane recovery, a heavy coating of oil was observed on the airplane’s belly and some oil was noted on the right-side engine cowling and fuselage.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N899RW
Model/Series: K35 
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: KHDC,44 ft msl
Observation Time: 16:23 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / 16 knots, 280°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 5500 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.64 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Houston, TX (TME)
Destination: Hammond, LA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 30.478889,-90.384167


  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.