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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 234975
Last updated: 15 April 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft N35 Bonanza
Owner/operator:Bonanza 1258Z LLC
Registration: N1258Z
C/n / msn: D-6712
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:3 mls NW of Sidney, IA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:St Louis, MO (1H0)
Destination airport:Omaha, NE (MLE)
On April 10, 2020, about 1225 central daylight time (CDT), a Beechcraft N35, N1258Z, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident about 3 nautical miles northwest of Sidney, Iowa. The airline transport pilot and passenger were uninjured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, this was the 3rd flight following an annual inspection; the airplane had flown about 1.5 hours since the completion of the annual inspection. About one hour into the cross country while in cruise flight about 4,500 ft above mean sea level (MSL), the engine ceased to produce power. The pilot stated that there was no warning and the engine instruments appeared normal. He attempted to restore power, but when he turned the key to "START," he heard a sound consistent with an attempt to start an already running engine. When he moved the throttle from the cruise setting to idle and then back to the previous setting, the RPM gauge fluctuated. When the airplane descended to 1,500 ft MSL, about 1,000 ft above ground level, he began to look for an emergency landing area. He said that it was at this time that he and his passenger began detecting a "slight burning smell."

Upon touching down in the grass field, the nose gear collapsed and the left main gear was compressed up and into the left wing, resulting in substantial damage to the wing.

The airplane was equipped with a Continental Motors IO-470 series engine. A detailed engine examination is pending.


Revision history:

11-Apr-2020 16:47 Geno Added
11-Apr-2020 17:19 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Phase, Narrative]
11-Apr-2020 19:25 RobertMB Updated [Location, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
12-Apr-2020 09:54 Anon. Updated [Date]
15-Apr-2020 21:25 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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