Accident Beechcraft M35 Bonanza N673V,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 305607
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Date:Friday 6 January 2023
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft M35 Bonanza
Owner/operator:Mims Medical Group Inc
Registration: N673V
MSN: D-6273
Year of manufacture:1960
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Fayetteville Municipal Airport (FYV/KFYV), AR -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Stuttgart Airport, AR (SGT/KSGT)
Destination airport:Fayetteville Municipal Airport (Drake Field), AR (FYV/KFYV)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On January 6, 2023, at 1753 central standard time, a Beech M35 airplane, N673V, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Fayetteville, Arkansas. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) data revealed that the airplane departed Drake Field Airport (FYV), Fayetteville, Arkansas, at 1531 and proceeded to Stuttgart Municipal Airport (SGT), Stuttgart, Arkansas, and arrived at 1629. A pilot-rated passenger on the flight reported that the flight was routine and there were no issues with the airplane. The pilot informed him the airplane was fully fueled before departure from FYV; it was not fueled while at SGT. The pilot-rated passenger and a second passenger disembarked and did not accompany the pilot on the return flight to FYV.

The pilot departed SGT at 1649 and proceeded on a northwest course direct to FYV, ultimately climbing to a cruise altitude of 4,500 ft mean sea level (msl). At 1746, about 18 miles southeast of FYV, the airplane entered a descent as it remained on course direct to FYV. The average airplane descent rate during this time was about 425 ft per min. About 1752:22, the airplane entered a left turn from an altitude of about 1,875 ft. It remained in the left turn until the final ADS-B data point at 1752:33. The altitude associated with the final data point was 1,625 ft, and the airplane was on a south course, about 170°, at that time.

A witness reported hearing the airplane as it approached. He recalled that the engine sounded as if it was going to lose power but then “revved up really high.” This cycle occurred 3 or 4 times over a span of 10 – 15 seconds. The engine subsequently seemed to stop; however, he was unsure if the airplane had simply descended behind a ridgeline. He did not hear the impact, nor was he able to see the airplane.

The airplane impacted trees and terrain about 185 ft south-southeast of the final ADS-B data point. The impact path was on a southeast, about 128°, course. A ground impact mark was located about halfway between the initial tree strike and the main wreckage and was consistent with being formed by the left wing and the airplane nose. The airplane came to rest upright with the forward fuselage oriented toward the northwest. The engine, firewall, and instrument panel were partially separated from the airframe, and the cockpit area was compromised. The outboard portion of the left wing was separated and retained by the aileron control cables. The right wing exhibited leading edge crushing along the outboard one-half span. The flight control surfaces remained attached to the airframe, and control cable continuity was confirmed from each control surface to the cockpit.


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