Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Beech A36 Bonanza, N47JB: Accident occurred April 30, 2022 in Blanket, Brown 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; Lubbock, Texas

Location: Blanket, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA189
Date and Time: April 30, 2022, 13:00 Local
Registration: N47JB
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 30, 2022, about 1300 central daylight time, a Raytheon Aircraft Company A36 airplane, N47JB, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Blanket, Texas. The pilot and passenger sustained no injury. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that the cross-country flight departed from the Majors Airport (GVT), Greenville, Texas, and was enroute to the Brownwood Regional Airport (BWD), Brownwood, Texas. During the preflight, the pilot “visibility confirmed” that there was “just over half a tank of fuel in each tank.” He confirmed that the total fuel level of 40 gallons of 100 low lead fuel, matched the fuel tank gauges in the cockpit. He reported that he decided not to “top off” the fuel tanks for the approximate one hour and twenty-minute flight. The pilot utilized the ForeFlight app for his preflight planning and the system calculated that the engine would burn 22 gallons total for the flight.

The pilot classified the run up, enroute portion, and the descent from cruise altitude at 8,000 ft, as normal. As the airplane descended to 6,000 ft, he cancelled the instrument flight rules clearance. When the pilot had the destination airport in sight, the engine lost power. The pilot “immediately pulled the yoke back to best glide,” he selected a grass field for the landing, and he began the engine out checklist. After he completed the checklist twice, with no success at restarting the engine, he maneuvered the airplane and performed a landing to the field.

During the landing to the field, the nose gear collapsed, and the right wing sustained substantial damage. The airplane came to rest upright, and the two occupants were able to egress from the airplane without further incident. The Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site the next day to examine the airframe and the engine. The airplane was later recovered from the field.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N47JB
Model/Series: A36 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBWD,1377 ft msl 
Observation Time: 12:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / 14 knots, 360°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 9 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR/IFR
Departure Point: Greenville, TX (GVT)
Destination: Brownwood, TX (BWD)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 31.890825,-98.825432 (est)

Aircraft crashed landed in a field. 

Date: 30-APR-22
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N47JB
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: A36
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
State: TEXAS

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