Preliminary Accident Reports

August 2002 Issue

May 29, Martinsburg, W.Va. / Beech Bonanza

At 1510 eastern time, a Beech V35A lost power near Martinsburg and was damaged during the ensuing forced landing. The pilot suffered minor injuries. The pilot had flown the airplane from Warrenton to Hagerstown earlier in the day for a pitot-static inspection. Afterward, the engine would not start until ground power was used. While cruising at 4,000 feet, the pilot reported the airplane “yawed and rolled” and that the engine did not sound right, although it continued to run. The airplane lost altitude and airspeed and the pilot made a forced landing in a field. Initial inspection of the engine showed metal shavings and particles throughout the engine oil system as well as indications that th...

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