Reported Raytheon/Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2002.


NOTE:  All cause determinations preliminary and subject to change after NTSB releases final reports, as applicable.


Total reported: 260


Operation in VMC: 243 reports   (93% of the total)

Operation in IMC:  17 reports   (7% of the total)

Operation at night: 26 reports   (10% of the total)

Fatal accidents:  42 reports   (16% of the total)

“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  10 reports   (4% of the total)

“Substantial” damage or aircraft “destroyed”:  119 reports   (46% of the total)

Mishaps during dual instructional flights:  30 reports   (12% of the total)



By Aircraft Type:


By Aircraft Type:


Be35   83 reports

Be36   30 reports

Be55   25 reports

Be58   24 reports

Be33   20 reports

Be23   19 reports

Be24   16 reports

Be76   15 reports

Be18     7 reports

Be45     5 reports

Be95     5 reports

Be60     4 reports

Be19     2 reports

Be50     2 reports      

Be56     1 report

Be77     1 report





LANDING GEAR-RELATED MISHAPS   (103 reports; 40% of the total)


Gear Collapse

58 reports (two Be18s; five Be24s; four Be33s; seventeen Be35s; six Be36s; two Be45s; six Be55s; eight Be58s; seven Be76s; two Be95s)


“Gear Up”

45 reports (Be18; four Be24s; seven Be33s; fourteen Be35s; ten Be36s; Be45; three Be55s; two Be58s; Be76; two Be95s)




ENGINE FAILURE   (43 reports; 17% of the total)


Engine Failure in Flight

18 reports (Be19; two Be23s; Be33; seven Be35s; four Be36s; Be55; Be58; Be60)


Engine failure on takeoff

9 reports (Be18; Be23; Be33; five Be35s; Be36)


Engine failure on approach/in the traffic pattern

5 reports (Be23; three Be55s; Be95)


Fuel exhaustion

4 reports (Be23; Be35; Be45; Be58)


Fuel starvation

3 reports (Be23; two Be35s)


Engine fire on the ground

2 reports (Be18; Be55)


Engine fire in flight

2 reports (Be58; Be76)




IMPACT ON LANDING   (39 reports; 15% of the total)


Loss of control on landing

13 reports (two Be23s; four Be35s; Be50; three Be55s; Be56; Be58; Be77)


Hard landing

7 reports (Be23; Be24; two Be33s; two Be35s; Be76)


Impact with object/animal during normal landing

6 reports (two Be23s; two Be35s; Be55; Be60)


Propeller Strike

4 reports (Be33; Be36; Be58; Be76)


Landed long/overran runway

3 reports (Be35; Be58; Be76)


Gear collapse/Fixed gear airplane

3 reports (all Be23s)


Landed short/undershot runway

2 reports (both Be35s)


Impact with surface/objects/animal during aborted landing/go-around/missed approach

1 report (Be35)




MISCELLANEOUS CAUSES   (20 reports; 8% of the total)


Taxied into object/other aircraft

8 reports (two Be33s; Be35; three Be55s; two Be58s)


Turbulence encounter

3 reports (Be24; Be35; Be58)


Bird strike

2 reports (Be33; Be55)


Midair collision

2 reports (Be55; Be76)


Fire during maintenance (on ground)

1 report (Be35)


Precautionary off-airport landing/weather

1 report (Be24)


Impact with objects/off-airport landing

1 report (Be35)


Inflight breakup (not linked to tail flutter or VFR into IMC)

1 report (Be35)


Struck by landing/taxiing aircraft

1 report (Be23)




CAUSE UNKNOWN   (19 reports; 7% of the total)



9 reports (Be18; Be23; Be33; four Be35s; two Be36s)



3 reports (Be19; Be36; Be58)


Traffic pattern/Unknown

3 reports (Be35; Be45; Be60)



2 reports (Be50; Be55)


Missed approach/unknown

1 report (Be36)



1 report (Be58)




IMPACT ON TAKEOFF   (17 reports; 7% of the total)


Loss of control on takeoff/go-around/missed approach

8 reports (Be33; two Be35s; two Be36s; Be55; Be58; Be76)


Impact with surface/object/animal during takeoff

5 reports (Be24; two Be35s; Be36; Be76)


Impact with surface/object/animal during aborted takeoff

3 reports (two Be23s; Be76)


Attempted takeoff with control lock installed

1 report (Be60)





LOSS OF CONTROL   (6 reports; 2% of the total)


Attempted visual flight in IMC

3 reports (two Be35s; Be55)


Loss of control on approach/circling approach

3 reports (Be23; two Be35s)




STALL/SPIN   (5 reports; 2% of the total)


Stall/mush on takeoff/go-around/missed approach

3 reports (Be18; Be24; Be35)


Stall on approach/landing

2 reports (Be35; Be58)




CONTROLLED FLIGHT INTO TERRAIN   (5 reports; 2% of the total)


Controlled Flight into Terrain/Low-Altitude Formation Flight

2 reports (two Be35s on a single formation flight)


Controlled flight into terrain/ Attempted visual flight into IMC

2 reports (both Be36)


Impact with terrain during low-altitude maneuvering

1 report (Be23)




INFLIGHT VIBRATION/CONTROL FLUTTER   (4 reports; 2% of the total)


Tail/vibration vibration

3 reports (all Be35s)


Unusual vibration/precautionary landing

1 report (Be55)





ELECTRICAL FAILURE/FIRE   (1 report; 1% of the total)


Electrical fire in flight

1 report (Be24)





For educational purposes only.  All causes determinations as by FAA or NTSB sources unless informed reports suggest otherwise. 


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