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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 268126
Last updated: 5 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft S35 Bonanza
Owner/operator:Mission Aviation LLC
Registration: N354M
MSN: D-7516
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Billings, MT -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Burlington-Kit Carson County Airport, CO (KITR)
Destination airport:Laurel Municipal Airport, MT (6S8)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On September 26, 2021, about 1922 mountain daylight time, a Beech S35 airplane, N354M, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Billings, Montana. The pilot was seriously injured, and 2 passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Witnesses located near the accident site observed the airplane on final for the runway, landing to the northeast. Two witnesses described that the airplane appeared to be slightly high and fast while on final and that it had floated down the runway before touchdown. While both witnesses reported that the airplane landed hard, one witness elaborated that the left wing appeared to have stalled, and the airplane landed hard on the left main landing gear first.

The witnesses further stated that the airplane began to “wobble” and depart the left side of the runway, followed by an increase in engine power. One witness stated that the airplane accelerated through the field in a nose high attitude, and that it appeared to do a “duck waddle.” The witness said the airplane appeared to be powered as the left wingtip drug across the ground about halfway through the go around attempt. Subsequently the airplane impacted trees in a nose high attitude, and a post impact fire ensued.

Examination of the accident site revealed the airplane came to rest within a tree line about 450 ft north of the runway, and about 1,938 ft northeast of the approach end the runway. All major structural components of the airplane were located within 40 ft of the main wreckage. The center section of the fuselage and inboard portions of each wing were mostly consumed by fire.

Examination of the runway revealed that the first identified point of contact was a tire mark, consistent with the left main landing gear, about 882 ft beyond the approach end of the runway. An additional mark, consistent with the right main landing gear was observed about 924 ft beyond the approach end of the runway. Both tire material transfer marks progressed toward the left side of the runway, where they exited the runway surface approximately 1,098 ft beyond the approach end of the runway, as seen in figure 1.

A ground scar, about 60 ft in length, and consistent with the left wing, was located about 1,500 ft beyond the approach end of the runway and 91 ft left of the runway edge. Additional ground scars, consistent with the main landing gear, was observed about 68 ft beyond the end of the left-wing ground scar and arced toward the main wreckage to the north as depicted in figure 2.

The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

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Revision history:

27-Sep-2021 12:05 Captain Adam Added
27-Sep-2021 16:21 RobertMB Updated [Date, Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
27-Sep-2021 16:22 RobertMB Updated [Operator]
27-Sep-2021 16:27 RobertMB Updated [Location, Source, Damage, Narrative]
27-Sep-2021 16:28 RobertMB Updated [Total occupants, Location, Source, Damage, Narrative]
27-Sep-2021 16:28 RobertMB Updated [Narrative]
27-Sep-2021 17:19 gerard57 Updated [Date]
28-Sep-2021 05:44 johnwg Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
28-Sep-2021 05:44 harro Updated [Departure airport]
28-Sep-2021 12:02 johnwg Updated [Departure airport]
28-Sep-2021 12:03 harro Updated [Departure airport, Narrative]
28-Sep-2021 12:38 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Sep-2021 16:24 johnwg Updated [Source]
29-Sep-2021 06:45 aaronwk Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Oct-2021 22:47 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]

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