Reported Raytheon/Beechcraft piston mishaps, 2003.


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


Total reported mishaps:  272


Operation in VMC: 173 reports               

Operation in IMC:  30 reports                 

Weather “unknown”: 69 reports

Operation at night: 35 reports  


Fatal accidents:  45 reports                                                       

“Serious” injury accidents (not involving fatalities):  14 reports        

“Substantial” damage or aircraft “destroyed”:  129 reports             


Mishaps during dual instructional flights:  27 reports                     

Recent aircraft registration (within 12 months prior to the report):  53 reports          



By Aircraft Type:


Be35 Bonanza   74 reports

Be36 Bonanza   53 reports

Be58 Baron   30 reports

Be33 Debonair/Bonanza   23 reports

Be55 Baron   20 reports

Be23 Musketeer   17 reports

Be24 Sierra   11 reports

Be18 Twin Beech  8 reports

Be76 Duchess  8 reports

Be95 Travel Air   8 reports

Be19 Sport   7 reports

Be45 Mentor (T-34)  6 reports

Be60 Duke   4 reports

Be65 Queen Air   3 reports

Be77 Skipper   2 reports

Be56 Baron   1 report


Be17 Staggerwing   0 reports

Be50 Twin Bonanza   0 reports   








Gear up landing

43 reports (Be18; Be24; five Be33s; fifteen Be35s; nine Be36s; Be45; five Be55s; four Be58s; Be60; Be65; Be76)


Gear collapse (landing)

27 reports (Be18; two Be33s; six Be35s; four Be36s; four Be55s; eight Be58s; three Be95s)


Landing gear: known mechanical malfunction

12 reports (Be18; two Be24s; Be33; Be35; two Be55s; two Be58s; Be60; Be76; Be95)


Gear Collapse (following electrical failure)

6 reports (two Be33s; Be35; Be36; Be45; Be65)


Gear collapse (takeoff)

2 reports (both Be76s)


Gear collapse (mechanical cause during taxi)

1 report (Be18)


Pilot inadvertently retracted gear

1 report (Be35)


Gear collapse: nose tire blew on landing

1 report (Be36)




ENGINE FAILURES (24% of total):


Engine Failure in Flight

21 reports (two Be19s; Be23; Be24; two Be33s; eight Be35s; four Be36s; Be56; two Be60s)


Engine failure on takeoff

14 reports (Be19; three Be23s; two Be33s; four Be35s; two Be36s; Be55; Be77)


Engine failure on approach/landing

11 reports (Be23; Be24; Be33; four Be35s; three Be36s; Be95)


Fuel exhaustion

7 reports (Be23; Be35; two Be36s; Be45; Be55; Be65)


Fuel starvation

4 reports (three Be35s; Be55)


Engine separation/loss of propeller blade(s)

2 reports (Be45; Be95)


Engine Failure in Flight/Loss of Fuel Pressure

1 report (Be35)


Engine Failure/would not restart following simulated engine failure

1 report (Be24)


Engine failure in flight/valve separation

1 report (Be33)


Engine fire in flight

1 report (Be36)




LOSS OF CONTROL (11% of total):


Loss of control on landing/traffic pattern

14 reports (Be19; four Be23s; Be33; four Be35s; Be36; three Be58s)


Loss of control on takeoff

3 reports (Be18; Be35; Be36)


Loss of Control/Tire blew on landing

2 reports (Be19; Be23)


Loss of Control/IFR Departure in IMC

2 reports (both Be36s)


Loss of control/Attempted visual flight in IMC

2 reports (both Be36s)


Loss of control during cruise/non IFR-rated pilot receiving instruction in IMC

1 report (Be36)


Loss of control in cruise/IFR pilot in IMC

1 report (Be36)


Loss of control on takeoff/Simulated Single-Engine

1 report (Be76)


Loss of Control on Approach/Landing/Simulated Single-Engine

1 report (Be95)


Loss of control on takeoff/avoiding animal/object on runway

1 report (Be36)


Loss of control during touch-and-go landing

1 report (Be19)


Loss of control/door open on takeoff

1 report (Be55)


Loss of control on landing/winds

1 report (Be35)






Hard landing

7 reports (Be23; Be35; Be36; Be55; two Be58s; Be76)


Impact with surface/object/person/animal during landing

5 reports (Be18; three Be35s; Be58)


Landed long

5 reports (two Be23s; three Be58s)


Impact with surface/object/animal during takeoff

4 reports (two Be24s; two Be36s)


Runway overrun/attempted or delayed takeoff abort

3 reports (Be19; two Be36s)


Landed long/Hydroplaned on wet runway

2 reports (Be36; Be55)


Runway overrun

1 report (Be35)


Runway overrun/high density altitude conditions

1 reports (Be36)


Runway overrun/brake failure

1 report (Be18)


Runway excursion/landing in fog at night

1 report (Be58)




CAUSE UNKNOWN (7% of total):



7 reports (Be33; two Be35s; Be36; Be55; two Be58s)



5 reports (Be24; two Be33s; two Be35s)



4 reports (Be35; Be36; Be58; Be95)



1 report (Be58)


Go-Around/Missed Approach/Unknown

1 report (Be77)






Impact with surface/object during approach

6 reports (three Be35s; two Be36s; Be58)


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

4 reports (two Be24s; Be35; Be36)


Impact with surface/object during low-altitude maneuvering

2 reports (Be35; Be36)


Continued en route controlled descent into obstacles/terrain

1 report (Be35)





STALL/SPIN (3% of total):


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

3 reports (Be23; Be35; Be36)


Stall on approach/landing

2 reports (Be18; Be45)


Stall/spin/simulated engine failure immediately after takeoff

1 report (Be36)


Stall/spin/mush during approach circling maneuver

1 report (Be35)


Stall/spin/Controlled flight into terrain/visual flight into IMC

1 report (Be35)


Stall/spin/Loss of control/thunderstorm penetration

1 report (Be76)



AIRFRAME ICE (2% of total):


Airframe ice/frost on takeoff

2 reports (Be18; Be35)


Airframe ice on approach/landing

2 reports (Be35; Be36)


Airframe ice on descent

1 report (Be36)






Taxied into object/pedestrian/other aircraft

6 reports (Be33; two Be35s; Be55; Be58; Be76)


Struck by landing/taxiing aircraft

4 reports (two Be36s; Be45; Be55)


Gear collapse/Fixed gear airplane

2 reports (both Be23s)


Taxied into object/pedestrian/other aircraft (allegedly stolen by nonpilot under influence of alcohol)

1 report (Be33)


Tail/Airframe vibration/control flutter

1 report (Be35)


Wing separation in flight

1 report (Be45)


Propeller strike on takeoff

1 report (Be35)


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

1 report (Be35)


Struck by jet blast

1 report (Be36)


Inflight fire in cockpit

1 report (Be35)


Struck by propeller while hand-propping aircraft

1 report (Be76)


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


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