Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2004 Issue

February 08, Mena, Ark. / Beech Sundowner

Approximately 1412 central time, a Beech BE-23 lost engine power and was damaged in the forced landing that followed. The pilot was not injured. The pilot said he made a left downwind departure from runway 17 at Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport and climbed to 2,000 feet agl when the engine stopped producing power. The pilot attempted to re-start the engine, but was unsuccessful. He turned left and aligned the airplane with the runway while descending. The pilot flew along the length of the runway, but never landed. As the airplane approached the end of the runway, he aligned the airplane with a taxiway, but decided to turn and land in an open clearing, where it struck trees and power lin...

To continue reading this entire article you must be a paid subscriber.

Subscribe to Aviation Safety

The monthly journal of risk management and accident prevention, is packed with useful, timely information on basic and advanced technique, accident analysis and, most important, practical articles on how you can develop the judgment that will keep you in the air and out of the NTSB's files.

Already subscribe but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.

Subscriber Log In

Forgot your password? Click Here.