Loss of control Accident Raytheon (Beech) A36 Bonanza N349EA,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172699
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Date:Sunday 4 January 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE36 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Raytheon (Beech) A36 Bonanza
Registration: N349EA
MSN: E-3549
Total airframe hrs:1188 hours
Engine model:Continental IO-550-B89B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:SE of Delaware County Regional Airport (KMIE), Muncie, IN -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Carmi, IL (CUL)
Destination airport:Muncie, IN (MIE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that, during cruise flight, the air traffic controller instructed him to descend from 9,000 to 4,000 ft. While performing the descent checklist, the pilot switched fuel tanks, and the engine subsequently lost power. The pilot further reported that he was certain that the engine restarted and that the event put him “behind the airplane in performing…cockpit duties." The next thing the pilot remembered was the controller informing him that he was flying in circles and losing altitude. The pilot thought the airplane was in a spin and tried to regain control. After the airplane broke out of the clouds into poor visibility and snow, the pilot chose to land in a cornfield. During the landing, the airplane impacted trees and terrain. A witness reported observing the airplane at a low altitude traveling at a high rate of speed, then it pitched up to almost vertical flight, descended, and impacted terrain. No preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures were noted with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s loss of airplane control while troubleshooting an engine issue in instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in impact with trees and terrain.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN15LA098
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



FAA register: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=349EA


FAA register: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=349EA


Revision history:

05-Jan-2015 09:38 gerard57 Added
05-Jan-2015 10:24 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source]
05-Jan-2015 10:25 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Cn]
09-Jan-2015 00:48 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
05-Nov-2017 08:47 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Dec-2017 11:48 ASN Update Bot Updated [Source]

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