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Beech E35 Bonanza, N13AR: Fatal accident occurred June 18, 2022 near Buckeye Municipal Airport (KBXK), Maricopa County, Arizona

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 traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

Location: Buckeye, Arizona
Accident Number: WPR22FA215
Date and Time: June 18, 2022, 06:55 Local
Registration: N13AR
Aircraft: Beech E35
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On June 18, 2022, at 0655 mountain standard time, a Beech E-35 airplane, N13AR, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Buckeye, Arizona. The student pilot and flight instructor were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

Preliminary radar data (VISTOWER/ADS-B) indicated the accident airplane departed runway 19 at Glendale Municipal Airport (GEU), Glendale, AZ about 0625. After departure, the airplane briefly turned left to the east, then back to a southeast heading before turning right again and traveling west-northwest, making one jog to the southeast briefly then back to a west-northwest heading. About 0645, the airplane passed south of Buckeye Municipal Airport (BKX), then turned right to a northerly heading. When the airplane was about 5 miles north-northwest of BKX, it made a descending 270° turn to the left, then turned right and traveled southbound consistent with a straight in approach to runway 17 at BKX. The aircraft track was consistent with a touch and go landing before the airplane made a right turn about midpoint of runway 17 and continued to a downwind heading. The flight track continued until data was lost about 0654, near the reported wreckage location northwest of the approach end of runway 17 (figure 1).

The airplane impacted flat, sparsely vegetated desert terrain bearing 313° and .22 miles from the approach end of runway 17. The aircraft impacted left wing first followed by the engine on a heading of 287°. A propeller cut mark was observed in the dirt near the engine impact crater. Post-impact fire consumed the majority of the airplane fuselage, cockpit, and inboard portions of the wing. The airplane was destroyed by impact and fire damage.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N13AR
Model/Series: E35
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Dawn
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBXK, 1021 ft msl 
Observation Time: 06:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C /9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 160°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.8 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Glendale, AZ (KGEU)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.432281,-112.6888 

Aircraft crashed while on approach. Fire engulfed aircraft after crash. 

Date: 18-JUN-22
Time: 13:55:00Z
Regis#: N13AR
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: E35
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

Emmanuel A. Flores

Mr. Emmanuel A. Flores, 32 of Phoenix, Arizona, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 18, 2022 in Buckeye, Arizona. He was born in Pomona California to Christina Flores and Rafael Flores.

Emmanuel "Manny" graduated from Buckeye Union High School on January 2007. He obtained his Associate of Arts with Distinction, Degree of Science in Public Administration, Bachelor of Science in Public Administration, Private Pilot Airplane-SEL & Certificate of Navigation. He was a Pilot and Flight Instructor. Manny was always kind and had a soft spot for helping others. Manny was a beloved son, a wonderful brother, and a funny and loving father and uncle. He has one daughter, a beautiful girl that he loves. His departure left a hole in our hearts, nevertheless the joyful moments that we shared with him fill our hearts and our thoughts.

Beloved son, your Father and I are very grateful to God, He gave us the privilege of having you with us for 32 years. Now you have returned to the place where you have always belonged, we have the firm conviction that we will see each other again and hug each other strongly.

When Dad prayed to Jehovah God for a son, his prayer was: "Lord, if you give me a son, I will name him Emmanuel Amos {God with us – Man of God}. Your Father promised God that he would give you to Him. Well… God has collected the gift that He lent us.

I would like to be able to say that we are fine, but the truth is that pain and sadness have overwhelmed our hearts, but every beautiful memory you left as you walked through this life gives us strength and comfort to continue waiting until that day when we meet again. We love you mom and dad.

Izzy's Dad

He was funny and playful. Pranking Izzy with jokes now and then to keep her on her toes. Didn't matter how preoccupied he was when she was around, he always stopped what he was doing to play with her. Video games, board games, and her love for anime all come from him. Her curiosity is inspired by his love for reading, with many trips to the library every couple of weeks. He made sure to take her on walks, to the lake and also tried his best to get her to fly… reassuring her that everything will be ok every step of the way.

He worried about her constantly. Always dreading her teenage years. He asked how we would handle that part of the journey to which I would say "we'll figure it out when we get there." He lived his life the way he chose, but no matter what… Izzy remained his constant. He loved her, I have no doubts. In his best Stitch voice he'd say to Izzy, "Ohana means family."

He's gone too soon. – Alyssa Suniga

Emmanuel is survived by his daughter Isriana Yvonne Flores, parents Christina and Rafael Flores, sister Juliet C. Flores, brother Rafael Flores, nephew Julian Green, and grandfather Porfirio C. Acevedo.

A memorial will be held at 06:00pm-09:00pm on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Thompson Funeral Chapel 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Burial to be announced will be at Sunset Meadowview section of the Better Place Forests, 18218 N Hart Prairie Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Dedicated tree Heritage Ponderosa Pine Tree #178.

The family suggests that donations for his daughter be made to

Daniel Keen
FEBRUARY 5, 1966 – JUNE 18, 2022

Passing on June 18, 2022, Daniel Keen of Peoria leaves behind an impact magnitudes beyond what seems possible for an individual man. Husband to Cleo and father of Ashley, Torrey, Ryder, Carlos and Kimberly, Dan found time to start and operate his own company, Keen Services Inc. He dispensed jobs, time, advice and help to any who asked (and even some that didn't) and only asked for a catch-up dinner in return. To know Dan is to know he loved to pull great pranks on those he cared about, usually followed with a life lesson and a strong laugh. He loved his motorcycles, cars, planes, boats and recreational vehicles, and always made time to take friends and family out for a fun afternoon. Dan was someone who was always a call away and would be anywhere in a moment's notice. He worked hard, gave selflessly and lived passionately.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 from 4:00-8:00 PM at West Resthaven Funeral Home (6450 W. Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301) with a funeral service on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 10:00 AM.

BUCKEYE, Arizona — Devastation after a plane crash. The tight-knit aviation community in the Valley is mourning the loss of two men killed in a crash just outside the Buckeye Municipal Airport.

ABC15 talked with a fellow pilot and close friend of one of the victims.

Julian Munn has been flying for years and says some of his time in the air was spent with Emmanuel Flores.

"It always hits pretty hard at first. There is a lot of disbelief,” said Munn. "You don't really believe it will happen to people you've flown with because you have seen them fly. You know they are capable of doing it."

Police say Flores and another man were killed in the small plane crash Saturday.

Julian, a fellow pilot, spoke with ABC15 at Falcon Field in Mesa. He guesses he and Flores spent about 40 hours flying together. He says it's the first time the victim of a plane crash is someone he's flown with before.

"It's hitting a little bit closer to home for that reason,” added Munn.

Federal officials say the Beech E35 Bonanza went down in a desert area. A second man on board, Daniel Keen, was also killed. But, it's unclear which man was piloting the plane.

As for Julian, he's sharing his grief on behalf of the Valley's aviation community.

"There is a lot of devastation because Emmanuel flew with a lot of us in this community," added Munn.

It's also unclear what caused the crash. Julian tells ABC15 he is curious to know what role Saturday's heat played in the crash, if any. Planes, he says, sometimes struggle taking off when temperatures rise.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.


  1. Track, to the extent it was captured:

    Owner had requested that Flightaware not make tracks public.
    Field Elevation: 1,033 ft.

    1. Registered owner full first, middle, last name match in registry is a student pilot certificate, date of Issue: 1/27/2022. Second person aboard was commercial pilot and instructor, by first, M.I., last name match from obituary and pilot mentions in obituary.

      The Bo V-tail N13AR has a registration history that includes a 2018 re-registration from previous owner to previous owner estate trustee May 2018. Prior owner and owner estate registration location of Scottsdale and new owner in Peoria being suburbs of Phoenix make it possible that the Bo continued to be hangared at the prior owner's home airport.

      Stepping backward through AdsbExchange doesn't find any flights captured in 2022 prior to the accident day nor on any day in 2019, 2020 or 2021. Maybe the ADS-B install was recent, but taking all of the above into consideration suggests the possibility of a lengthy period of inactivity for the aircraft.

    2. ADS-B Out has been required since January 2, 2020, for flight in:

      Class A, B, and C airspace;
      Class E airspace at or above 10,000 feet msl, excluding airspace at and below 2,500 feet agl;
      Within 30 nautical miles of a Class B primary airport (the Mode C veil);
      Above the ceiling and within the lateral boundaries of Class B or Class C airspace up to 10,000 feet (note that ADS-B is not required below a Class B or Class C airspace shelf, if it is outside of a Mode C veil);
      Class E airspace over the Gulf of Mexico, at and above 3,000 feet msl, within 12 nm of the U.S. coast.

    3. I would think private pilot training in a V-Tail Bonanza is not a good idea..
      All reports show the pilot as being a really great guy..RIP

    4. Throwover yoke or dual is another variable to find out. The N112TW accident didn't say who had the single yoke in front of the two pilots aboard, not having dual can be a big deal when things go south.

    5. ^^I've always thought the idea of a single throw-over yoke was perhaps one of the dumbest design ideas in entire aviation history, let alone one of the dumbest ever in Beechcraft history. Beechcraft's logic at the time was that their Bonanzas and Barons were bought by individuals as business and family haulers, and not by training schools like their lower powered singles and twins with dual controls. They wanted it to be more car like with room for the non-pilot right front seat passenger.

      I don't know if these early throw-over models (1950s in this case) even had an option for a second yoke stalk mounted from the single point control bar for the right side. One has to wonder how many crashes happened over the past 60+ years between the two models with no chance for the right seat passenger (rated pilot or not) to even attempt to take over the controls like in a pilot incapacitation (let alone a training event).

    6. As such was the (suspected) cause of the fatal accident of N112TW July 21, 2021. Also, those older throwover yoke models only had toe brakes for the left seat - no brakes for the right seat, just rudder pedals. Go figure the logic of Beechcraft on that one.

      As one commentor stated above, " ... pilot training in a v-tail Bonanza is not a good odea." Concur. That aircraft is a Complex rated handful for a student pilot.

    7. Regarding option for a second yoke: The single throwover yoke can be replaced in it's entirety with a dual, still uses the central mounting. Purchasing a dual yoke and swapping out the throwover single on models that could be configured either way from the factory when new is a common solution if desired.

    8. Regarding ADS-B install date, prior owner installed it in 2016:

      Prior owner's blog photo shows the accident aircraft was single throwover yoke equipped. New owner could have had a dual yoke swapped on for instruction, but here is the blog photo from 2011:

      Photo is from this post:

    9. I would highly doubt any insurance company covering this airplane for a student pilot with a throw over yoke..I also find it hard to believe an instructor would agree to instructing a student pilot with a throw over..

    10. I remember back in the 80's-90's when I was wrenching, a couple of guys on the field bought single yoke Bonanzas, they rented dual control yokes for training. I guess it was fairly cheaper than buying one outright.

      I also remember that it wasn't really all that "clean" of a process to throw over the yoke either.

  2. Pilot and owner was a really great guy, knew him personally. The plane was in good shape but barely flown since he purchased it. I can't remember if it had a throw over or dual controls, but I have sat inside. The owner had ready soloed a PA28 in the previous couple weeks and I believe really wanted to check his own plane out with a CFI onboard as he had flown it a couple times before here and there. He was level headed and understanding about his own limitations and challenges of flying that plane. He owned it and payed to fly other planes for training to get experience first.

  3. ADS-B baro altitudes recorded after the pass along RWY17 show low AGL for the subsequent departure and loop circuit that was underway just before the crash.

    METAR (for local altimeter, to use for baro correction from 29.92):
    KBXK 181355Z AUTO 16003KT 10SM 30/09 A2980

    The ADS-B data points showing 1,200' MSL baro altitude are 120 feet higher than true when corrected for local altimeter, making those data points 1,080 MSL. Field elevation is 1,033' MSL.

    Going around the field at about 100 feet AGL (if ADS-B data is valid) suggests diminished power delivery after that first approach.

    Track detail:

    1. A video, example T&G on RWY17, view from cockpit:

  4. for a T&G, appears an early right turn about midpoint of runway 17 and continued into a sloppy round-off truncated right turn for a short downwind heading.

  5. 14 CFR § 91.109 - Flight instruction.....

    (a) No person may operate a civil aircraft (except a manned free balloon) that is being used for flight instruction unless that aircraft has fully functioning dual controls. However, instrument flight instruction may be given in an airplane that is equipped with a single, functioning throwover control wheel that controls the elevator and ailerons, in place of fixed, dual controls, when -

    (1) The instructor has determined that the flight can be conducted safely; and

    (2) The person manipulating the controls has at least a private pilot certificate with appropriate category and class ratings.

  6. Possible nose low contact/bounce during T&G. Preliminary report doesn't describe condition of prop blades or mention any marks found on runway, but ADS-B shows two data points with same time tag of 13:52:39 where track between the two position locations is misaligned to the runway and -320 ft/min vertical rate changes to +128 ft/min. Interesting data if valid.

    Poor power delivery and low AGL after leaving RW17 is reminiscent of the N112TW Angwin crash.

    Looking close at 13:52:39 data point on runway:

  7. GEU not lacking for roll out and configuration on rwy 1/19, 7150 x 100 ft. / 2179 x 30 m.
    My observation from ADS data, his roll out and right departure turn was early for tng purposes, "Rotate the airplane at VR, maintain runway heading, and don’t start cleaning up until you have achieved a positive climb, are clear of obstacles, and with an airspeed of at least best rate of climb (VY). Don’t make any turns until 500 feet agl and clear of traffic. Depart the pattern from the closest leg to your intended heading." @AOPA
    ATC KGEU Control tower, yes. Tower Hrs: 0600-2030 MON-FRI; 0700-1900 SAT & SUN.
    likely closed at 06:55 local on 6/18.

    1. Buckeye Municipal Airport (KBXK), Maricopa County, Arizona

    2. BXX @ Runway 17/35 5500 x 75 ft. / 1676 x 23 m

    3. Re: "Don’t make any turns until 500 feet agl". That wasn't what happened, turn departing BXK T&G was made at less than 100 feet AGL.

      Highest ADS-B baro report of 1300 MSL mid turn pencils out to about 150 feet AGL after local altimeter correction and field elevation math. Difference in geometric altitude from 13:52:39 to highest achieved altitude (breaking out of the turn at 13:53:38) is only 100 feet.

    4. ".. the V-tail, is not without its drawbacks. While it requires only two surfaces instead of three; these two surfaces must be bigger or the plane suffers stability problems, specifically spiral divergence and Dutch roll. Effective control of both yaw and pitch requires a complicated control mixer. Additional mass balance is required to restrict antisymmetric tail flutter, because the elevators cannot be interconnected. Finally, the V-tail creates greater loads on the tail and fuselage during pitching and yawing maneuvers than does the conventional tail." @

    5. Nothing in engineering is without drawbacks. The fact is the V-tail works just fine and requires no special inputs or adjustment of routine by the pilot. The Bonanza is a lot slicker than the average trainer but so is a Cessna 210 or Piper Saratoga.

  8. To the atheist who posted above, re: adjusting the prop control. Perhaps you should learn to adjust your own prop control (i.e. your mouth) and look elsewhere to find an atheist blog to express your Satanic beliefs.

  9. Dan put in a dual yoke after he bought the plane from me. Plane had ads b in and out built in Stratus. My understanding CFI had no time in this type of Bonanza with electric prop. When landing prop should be on auto and on high. That way if you do a go around or touch and go plane will develop full power. I don’t think this was the case. If they landed straight ahead in the dessert could have walked away