Friday, December 03, 2021

Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, N8038Z: Accident occurred December 02, 2021 in Cleveland, Liberty County, Texas

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; Houston, Texas

KJK Enterprises LLC

Location: Cleveland, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA059
Date and Time: December 2, 2021, 14:15 Local 
Registration: N8038Z
Aircraft: Beech A36
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 2, 2021, about 1415 central standard time, a Beech A36, N8038Z, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Cleveland, Texas. There were no injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that while enroute at 6,000 ft on an instrument flight rules flight plan the airplane engine suddenly lost power. He reported that he was not in the process of changing or manipulating anything at the time of the power loss. The pilot elected to fly toward a nearby airport depicted on his GPS receiver. While gliding toward the airport, he attempted to restart the engine several times, but he could not get fuel flow back even with the fuel pump on. He attempted switching fuel tanks during this time and the airplane engine monitor showed no fuel flow despite restart attempts.

During the descent the airplane went through some clouds and broke out of the clouds about 3,000 ft. The pilot realized that he would not be able to reach the airport he had selected and redirected the airplane toward a nearby highway.

During the landing flare on the highway, the right wing tip struck a road sign. The airplane exited the highway and came to rest nose down in a ditch.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N8038Z
Model/Series: A36
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCXO,245 ft msl
Observation Time: 02:14 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 300 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 4 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Jennings, LA (3R7)
Destination: Junction, TX (JCT)

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: 30.401525,-95.053575 (est)

SAN JACINTO COUNTY, Texas — The three people on a small plane and an SUV driver on Highway 59 are probably counting their blessings right now.

The plane clipped a Toyota SUV with its landing gear before coming to a stop in a  field.near Highway 59 in Shepherd Thursday afternoon, according to the San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office.

Thankfully, the three people on the Beechcraft A36 Bonanza and the driver of the SUV weren't hurt, according to the DPS. 

"It's a traumatic experience. You never want to be that guy," said career pilot Paul Parsons. 

He said it's miraculous that no one was hurt, the best possible outcome a pilot could hope for under the circumstances.

They were flying from Jennings, Louisiana to Junction, Texas when something went wrong at 6,000 feet.

The DPS said a  preliminary investigation indicates the pilot suddenly lost power around 2:15 p.m.

"He's going back to training and he saw an opening, roadways are a good place to land, they're clear of obstruction… we're all trained to do that," Parsons said.

The pilot has been identified as 37-year-old Kendall John Krielow of Thibodeaux, Louisiana, the DPS said.

The driver of the SUV was identified as 51-year-old Towhid Aziz Chowdhury of Katy.

Chowdhury told KHOU 11 that he's doing fine but is still pretty shaken by what happened and not ready to talk about it yet.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted and will conduct the investigation.

Shepherd is a small town about 60 miles northeast of Houston near the Liberty County line in San Jacinto County.

Both an aircraft and a vehicle received damage, but fortunately there were no injuries after a pilot made an emergency landing shortly after 2:00 Thursday afternoon next to U.S. Highway 59 near Shepherd.

The incident involved a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, registered to KJK Enterprises, LLC in Houston, and was carrying the pilot and two passengers. Online aviation records show that the plane departed the Jennings, Louisiana Municipal Airport and was bound for the Kimble County Airport in Junction, Texas.

A preliminary report from the Federal Aviation Administration says that the plane experienced an “…inflight loss of engine power over San Jacinto County near Shepard, Texas.”

The Montgomery County Police Reporter is reporting that the aircraft was at 6,000 feet when it lost power. The pilot was going to try to land at the nearby Cleveland airport, but once breaking below the overcast cloud layer realized that was not an option.

Trying to land on Highway 59, the report said that the aircraft came down on top of an SUV occupied only by the driver. The plane then came down hard on the pavement which sent it veering off of the highway and sheered off the nose gear.

The names of the pilot, passengers, or SUV driver have not been released.



  2. Looks like a nice big field on the other side of the tree line. I was taught to never land on a road in an emergency unless it there is no other option. Why put innocent people in danger because it looks like a runway?