Preliminary Accident Reports

December 2003 Issue

September 01, Uniondale, Ind. / Beech Bonanza

At 2002 eastern time, a Beech B36TC struck a utility pole during a forced landing in Uniondale after losing engine power. The pilot received serious injuries, one passenger received minor injuries, and three passengers were killed. The pilot was heading for Smith Airport in Ft. Wayne and asked the controller for a GPS approach into the airport. The pilot then amended that request, saying that based on weather conditions reported by another pilot he wanted to fly the ILS Rwy 5 approach. The pilot missed the first attempt and asked for vectors for another try. During vectors for the second attempt, the pilot reported he was having a “fuel problem” and said he needed to land “ASAP.” He then dec...

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