Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2011 Issue

March 19, 2011, Whidbey Island, Wash., Beech G35 Bonanza

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the aft fuselage during recovery from an unintended unusual attitude at about 1140 Pacific time. The private pilot/owner was not injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The pilot was cruising at 4500 feet when he noticed he was about to enter restricted airspace and initiated a turn. When he returned his attention to the airplane, bank angle had increased to about 75 degrees right wing down and pitch attitude had decreased to about 20 degrees nose-down.

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