Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Beechcraft V35B Bonanza, N65Y: Accident occurred December 24, 2022 near Livermore Municipal Airport (KLVK), Alameda County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oakland, California

Aircraft departed and crashed off departure end of runway. 

Date: 24-DEC-22
Time: 00:55:00Z
Regis#: N65Y
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: V35
Event Type: Accident 
Highest Injury: Minor
Flight Crew: 1 Minor Injuries 
Pax: 0 
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

An airplane crashed into property just east of the Livermore Municipal Airport, injuring the solo pilot late on Christmas Eve afternoon, according to authorities.

The incident occurred at about 4:55 p.m. Saturday, according to Jim Artman, a battalion chief with the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.

LPFD and Alameda County Fire Department crews were dispatched to a report first describing an aircraft down at the airport in west-central Livermore, according to Artman. The information was soon clarified that the small airplane went down and came to rest at a commercial storage facility property on Rutan Drive just east of the airport.

Michael Musca, interim airport manager, said a local pilot had just taken off from the Livermore Airport when their airplane lost power suddenly. The airplane "landed abruptly" in the clear zone property owned by the airport on the other side of Highway 84 before coming to rest against a commercial building.

The first arriving fire crews confirmed that a Beechcraft V35B Bonanza with only the pilot aboard crashed and made contact with the storage building, "resulting in severe damage to the aircraft (and) requiring an extended extrication of the pilot," according to Artman.

The pilot, who has not been identified publicly, was transported by Falck Ambulance to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, according to Artman. The pilot's injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening.

The building was not damaged, according to Artman. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.


  1. Based on audio - it sounded like this guy was behind the airplane from the time he started to taxi.


  2. Ah the pesky engine failure that would happen right when that door he forgot to close after botching every single instruction ATC gave him to taxi. He almost took 7R instead of 7L. I bet his recency and logbook credentials will be scrutinized closely. And the NTSB just might out of luck for him say: "No preexisting conditions precluding normal operations" even when he will always be clamoring to the insurance company that will refuse to pay the engine failed him.

  3. His 2014 landing gear collapse got a news video:

    1. I'm sure that one was pilot error as well. Guys seems to make a habit of blaming the plane for his ineptitude as a pilot. Liars don't make good pilots.

  4. The spot the aircraft came to rest can be seen from StreetView:
    Map-pinned location:

  5. Sounds like the stall horn was blaring on his last transmission. It's hard to believe based off the radio transmissions that this guy is safe in an airplane.

    1. FAA database shows his medical lapsed in 2021.....

  6. I fly out of LVK and the current thinking (as relayed by a CFI) is the door came open on take-off and he tried to shut it instead of "fly-the-plane" and go-around. That's a NO-NO. Bananas seem to have more than their share of doors that pop open. Few/no planes crash when a door pops open but many planes crash when pilot tries to close it himself. It is definitely a WTF/wake-up when it happens and some instructors pop the door open to innoculate their students and it's definitely hard on the door and latches but knowing what it's like might save your life. Seat belts work and can save lives if they're tight and the angle of incidence with the ground isn't too oblique. Again, fly the plane even into the crash and you will more likely survive.

  7. This guy used to be my landlord and is a scam artist...he def failed his medical prior to flying and probably bribed his way into getting cleared to fly. Furthermore he probably crashed on purpose for the insurance.

  8. Livermore should be shut down. We have enough evidence to do so with remarks in here that general aviation has too many gaps allowing scam artist, medical expired morons and pilot error proves, there is not enough security measures from preventing idiots in the air. In addition, we need stronger gun controls by removing guns from everyone. Why not just remove private pilots as well.

    Note: if you love guns and like to fly, keep your negative comments to yourself and stop fanning the flames for anti airports and guns.