Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2004 Issue

February 11, Pensacola, Fla. / Beech Bonanza

At about 2216 central time, a Beech J35 crashed when the pilot lost control during a missed approach about 14 miles north-northwest of Pensacola Regional Airport. The pilot was killed. The non-instrument-rated pilot departed New Smyrna Beach, Fla., on an IFR flight plan at about 1920 eastern time and was en route to New Orleans. The pilot contacted Pensacola Approach about three hours later and requested an amendment to his flight plan. The pilot reported he “had a fuel situation” and needed to land at Pensacola. The flight was given priority handling and the pilot reported he could not “get to” fuel in a tip tank. The pilot made three tries at an ILS approach but could not become establishe...

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