December 25, 2009, Santa Fe, N.M., Beech B35 Bonanza


At approximately 0930 Mountain time, the airplane was substantially damaged upon impacting terrain during an emergency landing. The private pilot and single passenger were not injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

While departing Runway 33, smoke began entering the cockpit. The pilot could not see clearly in front of him and elected to land on the nearest visible runway, which was Runway 2. While landing, the airplane touched down with the left wing low and departed the side of the runway.


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