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Beechcraft N35 Bonanza, N1228Z: Accident occurred July 20, 2022 in Wardsville, Cole County, Missouri

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.

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Sorensen, Timothy

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

Location: Wardsville, Missouri 
Accident Number: CEN22LA330
Date and Time: July 20, 2022, 18:45 Local
Registration: N1228Z
Aircraft: Beech N35
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On July 20, 2022, about 1845 central daylight time, a Beech N35 airplane, N1228Z, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Wardsville, Missouri. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported a loss of engine oil pressure and subsequent loss of engine power during cruise flight. He executed a forced landing to a field resulting in damage to the fuselage.

Postaccident airframe and engine examinations are planned.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N1228Z
Model/Series: N35 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code: N/A

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KJEF,544 ft msl 
Observation Time: 18:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C /17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / 0 knots, 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.79 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Hilltop Lakes, TX (0TE4)
Destination: Jefferson City, MO (JEF)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 38.4964,-92.1943 (est)

Landed on remote hilltop in Wardsville, Missouri, when engine failed due to zero oil pressure. 

Date: 20-JUL-22
Time: 00:02:09Z
Regis#: N1228Z
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: N35
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL

A small plane went down in a field near Wardsville on Wednesday night and the pilot had no reported injuries.

According to authorities, shortly before 7 p.m., the Jefferson City 911 Center was contacted by air traffic control in Springfield that a small plane could be landing at the Jefferson City Airport that was reportedly in distress.

The pilot reported low oil pressure and smoke in the cockpit. Controllers reported the plane had dipped below radar contact and the plane would be coming in from the south.

Initially, authorities believed the plane went down in Osage County. The Osage County Sheriff's Department began looking for the plane as the pilot was in contact with air controllers.

Not long before 8 p.m., the plane was found in a field near Friendship Road in Cole County.

The Cole County Sheriff's Department said the Missouri Highway Patrol was called in to do a report on the incident.

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