NTSB Preliminary Reports

Selected recent general aviation and air carrier accidents


March 1, 2006, Manhattan, Kan.
Piper PA-32RT-300T

At approximately 1140 Central time, the airplane was substantially damaged when it struck several runway lights and a taxiway sign during a forced landing. Visual conditions prevailed; the Private pilot and his passenger were not injured. The cross-country flight was originating at the time of the accident. The pilot later said the engine began to surge as the airplane lifted off Runway 03. As the pilot executed a slow left turn towards Runway 13, the engine lost power. He managed to land on Runway 13, near its intersection with the departure runway, but the airplane was not aligned with the centerline. It went off the side of the runway and the left wing struck an elevated runway marker, then struck taxiway lights. Both wing spars were damaged and the left wing was twisted.

March 1, 2006, Fort Pierce, Fla.
Mooney M20J

The airplane sustained a loss of engine power at about 1240 Eastern time while climbing to cruise altitude. The Private pilot made a forced landing at the airport in Fort Pierce, Fla., from which he had just departed. Visual conditions prevailed. The Private pilot received minor injuries and the airplane incurred substantial damage.According to the pilot, about eight to 10 minutes after takeoff, while still climbing and at an altitude of about 5000 feet, the airplane lost engine power. The gauges showed about 1000 rpm and the manifold pressure remained at 25 inches. The pilot could not regain power or determine the reason for the power loss.As the airplane glided toward the airport, the pilot said he became uncertain he would reach it and selected a clearing in which to execute a forced landing. While landing in the clearing, the right wing impacted a tree and the airplane pancaked during the landing.

March 3, 2006, Burns, Ore.
Beech V35B Bonanza

At 1738 Pacific time, the airplane impacted terrain during an attempted takeoff. The Commercial pilot and his passenger were not injured but the aircraft sustained substantial damage. According to the pilot, he did not ensure that snow accumulating on the wings during taxi and run-up operations was fully removed prior to takeoff.During the takeoff, the aircraft did not lift off as it normally does, and the takeoff roll ended up being longer than usual. Once the pilot got the aircraft in the air, it was not climbing at an acceptable rate, so the pilot retracted the landing gear because he thought that action would help the aircraft to climb. Soon after the landing gear was retracted, the aircraft settled back onto the runway, hit a runway light, and then slid off the departure end of the runway onto a snow and ice covered field.

March 4, 2006, Winslow, Ariz.
Piper PA-32R-300

The airplane sustained substantial damage following a loss of engine power and subsequent forced landing at about 1445 Mountain time. The Private pilot and the sole passenger sustained minor injuries; visual conditions prevailed.The pilot reported that, just after takeoff, when the airplane was about 200 feet above the ground, the engine began to run rough and lose power. The pilot was unable to restore engine power and selected a forced landing. According to the pilot/owner, the airplanes engine had been factory-overhauled about 20 hours of operation before the accident.

March 4, 2006, Georgetown, Texas
Cessna 182

At approximately 1109 Central time, the airplane was destroyed upon impact with terrain shortly after takeoff. The pilot and one passenger were fatally injured, and two other passengers were seriously injured. Visual conditions prevailed.An eyewitness located several hundred yards east of the runway stated that he heard a sputtering noise, and saw the airplane level off at about 100 feet above the ground shortly after taking off. At the departure end of the runway, the right wing and nose of the airplane dropped. The witness heard the sound of impact a few seconds later.

March 4, 2006, Brooksville, Fla.
Cessna 180

The Airline Transport pilot received serious injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged at about 1055 Eastern time when the Cessna crashed short of the runway. Visual conditions prevailed.A witness saw the accident airplane on the downwind leg, rocking its wings. While on final approach, he saw the propeller had stopped rotating. It appeared the pilot was trying to stretch the glide; the airplane stalled and impacted the ground a short distance from the runway.

March 5, 2006, Severance, Colo.
Aviat Pitts S-2B

At approximately 1415 Mountain time, the airplane was substantially damaged when it nosed over during a forced landing. The Commercial pilot and a passenger were not injured; visual conditions prevailed. According to the pilot, the engine began running rough, then lost all power. He made a forced landing in an open field. During the landing roll the airplane nosed over, crushing the vertical stabilizer and the top of the upper wing.He said that fuel leaking from the fuel tanks after the accident smelled like kerosene.

March 6, 2006, Holland, Mich.
Beech J35 Bonanza

The airplane sustained substantial damage on impact with a roadway embankment following a reported loss of engine power while on approach to land. Night visual conditions prevailed. A rear-seat passenger sustained minor injuries. Both occupants of the front seats were seriously injured; they subsequently died as a result of their injuries. The rear-seat passenger subsequently stated that the pilot said that the airplane lost engine power. She stated that the airplane was in a turn while on approach during the reported engine power loss. The left and right tip tanks exhibited tears in their fiberglass construction. The left and right auxiliary fuel tanks contained a fluid that exhibited a smell consistent with aviation gasoline (avgas). The left and right main fuel tanks did not contain any fluids. The smell of fuel was present at the accident site. The fuel tank selector was found in the detent selecting the left main tank. When the fuel selector was rotated to the detent for the auxiliary tank and battery power was applied to the electric fuel pump, a fluid consistent with avgas was observed exiting from the supply line to the engine driven fuel pump.

March 6, 2006, Atlantic City, N.J.
Cessna 172S

As the pilot approached the runway, the visual approach slope indicator showed that the airplane was on a proper glidepath. During the landing, the airplane encountered ground effect and floated down the runway. The pilot contemplated aborting the landing, but subsequently elected to continue. After touchdown he applied full brakes, but the airplane overran the end of the runway, and was substantially damaged. The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions associated with the airplane.

March 7, 2006, Wetumpka, Ala.
Ercoupe E

At 2130 Central time, the aircraft was substantially damaged during a forced landing in a field following loss of engine power. Visual conditions prevailed. The Commercial pilot and passenger reported no injuries. The pilot later stated that the engine began to lose power while en route. He contacted ATC and declared an emergency and then made an emergency landing in an open field. The airplane collided with a ditch on landing rollout, and nosed over inverted.

March 7, 2006, Compton, Calif.
Cessna 172N

The airplane collided with power lines, impacted a roadway and came to rest inverted at about 1300 Pacific time. The Flight Instructor and Student pilot sustained minor injuries; the airplane was substantially damaged. Visual conditions prevailed. The instructor later stated that while on short final to land, she was flying the airplane with the student holding the controls lightly to feel the movement. During the flare, turbulence was encountered. This scared the student pilot, who firmly grabbed the controls and would not release them. The airplane drifted left towards parked airplanes and hangars. The instructor initiated a go-around, added full throttle and tried to steer the airplane back toward the runway, but could not overpower the students grip on the controls. The airplane cleared the hangars but the landing gear got entangled in power lines and the airplane came down nose first onto a street.

March 8, 2006, Kahului, Hawaii
Cessna 414A

At 1913 Hawaiian time, the airplane collided with terrain while maneuvering. The Airline Transport pilot and two flight medical attendants were fatally injured; the airplane was destroyed. Visual conditions prevailed for the air ambulance positioning flight.Witnesses reported observing the airplane maneuvering at a very low altitude, between 100 and 300 feet. The wings were wobbling at times and the airplane rolled up to 60 degrees angle of bank at other times. All witnesses said that they heard engine noises that they associated with an engine or engines operating at high power, and saw the landing and position lights on. All witnesses said that they observed the airplanes wings wobble and then watched it drop straight down and explode as it crashed into an automobile dealership.The wreckage was in the BMW automobile dealership and was completely destroyed by a post-impact fire.

March 12, 2006, Old Bridge, N.J.
Piper PA-34-200T

The airplane was destroyed at about 2220 Eastern time when it impacted trees and terrain while maneuvering near. The Private pilot and one passenger were fatally injured; two additional passengers were seriously injured. Night instrument conditions prevailed, although no flight plan was filed. The flight departed North Myrtle Beach, S.C., at 1934. A witness saw the accident airplane as it came toward him from the runway. He heard the airplanes engines revving, and saw the lights of the airplane coming toward him. The airplane then turned right, and disappeared from view. Shortly thereafter the witness heard the sounds of impact. The witness noted that the weather at the time of the accident was foggy.

March 13, 2006, Santa Monica, Calif.
Beech A36 Bonanza

At 0943 Pacific time, the airplane was ditched in the ocean following a loss of engine power during departure. The Instrument-rated Private pilot and one passenger sustained fatal injuries; a third occupant was not located. The airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual conditions prevailed. The airplane impacted the water about 250 yards off the Santa Monica beach. It submerged in 20 feet of water. The pilot and one occupant were recovered from the airplane.The airplane was also recovered and its engine examined. The engine case had a hole that stretched between the top cylinder base nuts of cylinders 1 and 2. The hole was approximately eight inches across and six inches at its widest section fore and aft. The number 2 cylinder connecting rod was visible through the hole and portions of it and the connecting rod cap were fractured from the rod end. A 2.5-inch portion of the connecting rod from the crankshaft end contained the top portion of an attachment bolt and was located loose within the engine, just below the connecting rod.

March 16, 2006, Sanford, Fla.
Cessna 152

The airplane sustained a loss of engine power after takeoff and impacted trees at about 1325 Eastern time during an instructional flight. Visual conditions prevailed; the Flight Instructor and the Student pilot were not injured. The airplane incurred substantial damage. A law enforcement officer responding to the accident scene reported that one of the pilots said the airplane engine lost power at about 300 feet after a routine touch and go landing. The pilots attempted to land on a road and impacted into trees, separating the left wing before crashing into a structure.

March 18, 2006, Orlando, Fla.
Cirrus SR20

At about 1245 Eastern time, the airplane overran the runway and impacted a ditch. Visual conditions prevailed. The Private pilot reported no injuries; the airplane was substantially damaged. The pilot subsequently stated that during the downwind leg, he observed the engine oil pressure caution light illuminate. A moment later, the engine lost total power. He declared an emergency to ATC and landed long. The airplane overran the end of the runway and impacted a ditch before coming to a stop.

March 19, 2006, Asheville, N.C.
Bombardier Regional Jet

The aircraft experienced a windshield deicing mechanism fire in the cockpit shortly after takeoff at 0719 Eastern time. Visual conditions prevailed for the Part 121 scheduled passenger flight. There were no injuries reported among the captain, first officer, flight attendant or 30 passengers; the airplane sustained minor damage.According to the flight crew, while climbing through 17,000 feet, flames and smoke started shooting out of the lower left windshield. The first officer turned off the windshield heat and the flames went out, but the smoke persisted. The captain declared an emergency and landed safely.

March 19, 2006, Kingman, Ariz.
Beech F33A Bonanza

At about 1800 Mountain time, the airplane collided with terrain during cruise flight. The Private pilot and passenger sustained fatal injuries; the airplane was destroyed. Both instrument and visual conditions prevailed along the intended route of flight. The pilot did not file a flight plan. The accident site was on a slope in mountainous terrain, comprised of soft dirt and brush. The wreckage was about 105 nautical miles from Las Vegas on a bearing of 129 degrees, and about 110 nautical miles from Scottsdale on a bearing of 313 degrees.

March 21, 2006, Greenfield, Calif.
Extra Flugzeugbau 300S

The airplane sustained substantial damage when it collided with the ground along the edge of a runway during final approach. The accident occurred at about 1030 Pacific time. The Commercial pilot received fatal injuries; visual conditions prevailed.Witnesses said the airplane veered to the right and nosed down, colliding with the ground about 100 feet to the right, and about 850 feet past the approach end of the runway. The airplane bounced, coming to rest within about 50 feet of the initial impact point, and about 45 degrees to the right of the runway heading.


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