Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2008 Issue

November 5, 2007, Fort Worth, Texas, Beech J35 Bonanza

At approximately 1115 Central time, the airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power. The private pilot and sole occupant received serious injuries. Visual conditions prevailed. After reporting the loss of engine power, ATC cleared the pilot to land. A controller observed the airplane on short final with the landing gear still retracted. Before the controller could query the pilot about the landing gear, the pilot reported that he would not be able to land at the airport and maneuvered the airplane for an open field near the ramp of a major highway.

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