Friday, November 26, 2021

Beech A36 Bonanza, N4370W: Accident occurred November 24, 2021 in Tooele, Utah

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; Salt Lake City, Utah

Location: Tooele, Utah
Accident Number: WPR22LA064
Date and Time: November 24, 2021, 12:40 Local
Registration: N4370W
Aircraft: Beech A36 Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On November 24, 2021, about 1240 mountain standard time, a Beech A36, N4370W, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Tooele, Utah. The pilot and 2 passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that during a descent to pattern altitude at his destination airport, he reduced the propeller rpm from 2,400 rpm to 2,300, and immediately heard a “ticking” noise that progressively got louder and eventually turned into a “thumping” noise. The pilot said he initially thought something was coming off the airplane, and noticed that his airspeed had decreased from 170 miles per hour (mph) to 150 mph. While diagnosing the loss of airspeed, he verified the landing gear was still retracted as the noise continued to get louder and the airplane began shake and yaw left and right.

As the airplane descended through about 1,200 ft above ground level, the pilot advanced the throttle and propeller levers full forward and realized the engine had lost total power. The pilot initiated a forced landing to a nearby road; however, he observed a vehicle traveling opposite direction on the road and elected land in an open desert area nearby. During the off-airport landing, the airplane struck multiple juniper trees before it impacted terrain and came to rest nose low.

Postaccident examination of the airplane by the pilot revealed that the left wing was structurally damaged. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N4370W
Model/Series: A36
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: KTVY,4318 ft msl
Observation Time: 12:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C /-3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3500 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 360°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.39 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Safford, AZ (SAD)
Destination: Tooele, UT

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: 40.316985,-112.28225 (est)


  1. The real question is why were there so many pies inside the plane? Does anyone know where they were headed.

    1. Thanksgiving 2021 pie bake-off for Utah homeless?


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