Preliminary Accident Reports

August 1999 Issue

May 23, Waldron, Ark. / Beech C18S Twin Beech

At approximately 19:15 CDT, a Beech C18S twin crashed following an engine tearaway in cruise flight near Waldron. The pilot was killed. The airplane departed Beaumont, Texas, about 17:00 with a destination of Springdale, Ark. The pilot told controllers at 9:12 that he had lost an engine. At this time, the airplane was on a northerly heading at an altitude of 5,500 feet approximately 1 nautical mile north of the Waldron Municipal Airport and the pilot elected to turn back to Waldron. A witness reported that he observed the airplane “emit short trail of white smoke from #2 [right] engine, two seconds later, saw flash under right engine nacelle.” The airplane “yawed to steep [right] bank with i...

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