Wirestrike Accident Beechcraft G58 Baron N325GC,
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Date:Monday 4 January 2021
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE58 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft G58 Baron
Owner/operator:Stratus Sales LLC
Registration: N325GC
MSN: TH-2204
Year of manufacture:2007
Total airframe hrs:1827 hours
Engine model:Continental IO-550-C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Credit, AR -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Jonesboro Airport, AR (JBR/KJBR)
Destination airport:Conway Municipal Airport, AR (KCXW)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On January 4, 2021, about 0933 central standard time, a Hawker Beechcraft G58 airplane, N325GC, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Credit, Arkansas. The private pilot and passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 business flight.

The private pilot and passenger departed in the airplane for a business flight. After departure, the airplane flew southwest, climbed to about 2,300 ft above mean sea level, and started to descend. The flight continued to track southwest then it turned right to the northwest. The airplane’s flight track was lost about 10 minutes after takeoff at a location consistent with the accident site.

A pilot who took off behind the accident airplane reported that the runup and takeoff appeared normal. Several witnesses reported hearing and seeing the airplane prior to the accident. They described the airplane as flying low and the engines as not “sounding good” and that they were making “popping” noises.” One witness stated that it sounded like one engine was operating and the other engine was “sputtering”, before both engines quit.

A witness near the accident site reported that it sounded like one engine was operating and that the other engine alternately sounded as if it was making a “sputtering” sound and operating normally. Shortly after, it sounded like the engines quit. He said the airplane flew parallel to the high-tension powerlines at an altitude of an aerial application airplane. Another witness near the accident site, observed the airplane fly over his location about 1,000 ft agl, traveling east to west. He said the engines were “popping and sputtering” and making a “backfiring noise.”

Postaccident examination of the airframe revealed no anomalies. Blade A of the left propeller was separated from overstress while blade B and C were straight and unremarkable, and the leading edges were unremarkable. The left propeller was against the start lock and at approximately 18° of pitch at impact, consistent with a loss of engine power to the left engine.

An examination of the engines revealed all the fuel lines were thermally damaged. The left fuel servo screen was found to be about halfway obstructed and contaminated with an unknown black debris. Postaccident testing of the debris revealed similarities with materials used in aircraft fuel system components, particularly with hoses. It is likely the debris on the screen was soot from the postimpact fire and it could not be determined where and when the polymer signatures originated from.

Based on the available evidence, it is likely the left engine lost power while in flight. The witnesses reported hearing noises consistent with an engine misfiring and it likely was losing power; however, the reason for the loss of engine power could not be determined. Based on the flight track, it is likely the pilot attempted to perform a forced landing with one engine inoperative.

Given the variety of levels of ethanol and the absence of any in the pilot’s liver, it is most likely that the identified ethanol is from postmortem production rather than ingestion. The pilot’s previous use of cocaine (which often leads to withdrawal effects) and his simultaneous use of a large amount of butalbital and a small amount of temazepam were likely significantly impairing at the time of the accident and likely contributed to his inability to respond appropriately to the left engine’s loss of power.

Probable Cause: A loss of left engine power for undetermined reasons, which resulted in an emergency descent with one engine inoperative and inadvertent collision with transmission lines. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s inability to respond appropriately to the emergency due to impairment from his previous use of cocaine and multiple other impairing drugs.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN21LA107
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Download report: Final report



https://www.aircraft.com/aircraft/194175687/n325gc-2007-beechcraft-g58-baron (photos)



Photo: NTSB


Revision history:

04-Jan-2021 16:57 Geno Added
04-Jan-2021 17:34 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Jan-2021 17:57 Captain Adam Updated [Registration, Location, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
04-Jan-2021 18:37 Captain Adam Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
04-Jan-2021 19:26 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Narrative]
04-Jan-2021 23:12 RobertMB Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Narrative]
07-Jan-2021 10:47 Anon. Updated [Time]
10-Jul-2021 09:13 aaronwk Updated [Time, Source, Narrative, Category]
20-Jul-2022 02:20 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Nature, Source, Narrative, Accident report, Photo]
14-Jan-2024 21:03 harro Updated [Other fatalities]

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