Sunday, January 30, 2022

Loss of Engine Power (Total): Beech A36 Bonanza, N67CW; accident occurred August 24, 2021 near Pecan Plantation Airport (0TX1), Granbury, Hood County, Texas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Irving, Texas

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Humanity2Others LLC

Location: Granbury, Texas 
Accident Number: CEN21LA382
Date and Time: August 24, 2021, 10:30 Local
Registration: N67CW
Aircraft: Beech A36
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Factual Information

On August 24, 2021, about 1030 central daylight time, a Beech A36 airplane, N67CW, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Granbury, Texas. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported to the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector that shortly after departure from the Pecan Plantation Airport (0TX1), the engine lost power. The pilot selected a nearby field for a forced landing. An inspection of the airplane by the FAA inspector noted damage to the airplane’s wings and fuselage. Fuel was available in the airplane’s fuel tanks and the fuel selector was positioned to the left tank. The engine had about 8 quarts of oil in it. 

During recovery of the airplane, about 80 gallons of fuel, split evenly between the fuel tanks, were recovered from the airplane.

After the wreckage was recovered, an examination and test run were conducted. The fuselage, minus the wings, was strapped down to a trailer. The top engine cowling was removed, and a visual inspection of the engine did not reveal any pre-impact abnormalities. A fuel canister was connected to the airplane’s fuel line on the airplane’s left side. The engine started without hesitation or delay and was then warmed up at idle rpm. The throttle was advanced, and a magneto check was completed; no anomalies were noted. Full throttle was then applied, and the engine responded accordingly.

Before and after the test run, data from the engine monitor was downloaded. The data did not illustrate any abnormalities with either the cylinder head temperature or exhaust gas temperatures that were recorded; the total loss of power was evident. The airplane’s fuel tanks, and main fuel strainer were checked for contaminates / blockage. No abnormalities were noted during the examination and engine test run and the engine appeared to make rated power.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport; Commercial 
Age: 58
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: July 5, 2021
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: February 28, 2021

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N67CW
Model/Series: A36
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility
Serial Number: E-1069
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: August 10, 2020 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4499 Hrs at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C126 installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: IO-550 B
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 300 Horsepower
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGDJ,778 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Observation Time:
Direction from Accident Site: 306°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 170° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 20°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Granbury, TX
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: New Braunfels, TX (KBAZ)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Pecan Plantation 0TX1 
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 708 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition:
Runway Used:
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.340946,-97.646717(est)


  1. Engine overhaul and new paint all on the insurance company’s dime?

  2. Nice job on the forced landing. Insurance scam? Tough to say...aircraft was listed in 2016 w/3999 TTAF and 180SMOH. At time of accident 4,600TTAF. Would have been plenty of time left on engine and airframe looks to be in good shape, at least exterior. Did the red knob mysteriously get yanked back to starve of fuel and then advanced after landing? If so, why? Strange one...

    1. Check his legs for fire extinguishers. That's one way to be sure.