Friday, July 01, 2022

Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, N3083H: Accident occurred June 30, 2022 near Tweed/New Haven Airport (KHVN), New Haven County, Connecticut

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Bradley

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed in the Quinnipiac River.

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Date: 30-JUN-22
Time: 21:38:00Z
Regis#: N3083H
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: A36
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91


  1. Tried to glide for Tweed, diverted to river, no injuries & dog is okay too:

  2. his "KOBI CYN V1 JFK V229 BDR MAD GON V374 MINNK KEWB" flight plan. On plan @ 6800, looking to his immediate left was Tweed, and then decision time on how to approach a final into Tweed. WOW his Sully landing.
    ATC playback?


  4. When gliding at 'best glide speed', if your intended flare point is moving up your windscreen you're landing short; if it's moving down your windscreen you're going long.

  5. I am glad that the occupants of this aircraft survived this event. However, I think we should note that the engine trouble appeared three nautical miles after overflying the New Haven airport at an altitude of 7000 feet. A simple 180° turn and emergency landing at the airport should have been an easy task. There would have been more than enough altitude to accomplish this even if the piloting was not very precise. The runway being 5400 feet would provide a lot of leeway for error as well. If you look at the ADSB track, the pilot established decent rate of over 2000 ft./min. - most certainly not the best glide for his airplane. This accident is a good reminder that we should all practice and maintain our engine failure skills.