Accident Beechcraft 58P Baron N2061K, 17 Mar 2023
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B58T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft 58P Baron
Owner/operator:Mile High Air Inc
Registration: N2061K
MSN: TJ-161
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Lubbock Executive Airpark (F82), Lubbock, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Lubbock Executive Airpark, TX (F82)
Destination airport:Mesquite Metro Airport, TX (KHQZ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On March 17, 2023, about 1136 central daylight time, a Beech Baron 58P, N2061K, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Lubbock, Texas. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The airplane arrived at Lubbock Executive Airpark, Lubbock, Texas, where several passengers from the airplane were dropped off. About 1130, the airplane engines started, and about 1135, the airplane began its takeoff on runway 35.

A witness stated that he saw the pilot of the accident airplane walk around the airplane while talking on a cellular phone prior to the airplane’s engine start. The witness stated that he did not see/hear a run-up of the airplane after engine start and prior to its takeoff. The witness stated that the takeoff of the airplane “seemed like a normal takeoff.” The witness stated that the airplane lifted off about 2,200 ft. down the runway and shortly after lift-off and while the airplane was about 20-50 ft. above runway, he looked away to fill fuel from the fuel truck, and then heard an “audible change” in engine sound. The witness then looked up at the airplane and saw it in a left bank.

Surveillance video recorded the airplane in a nose-down, left bank, attitude prior to it entering a left roll into an inverted attitude before it impacted the ground. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and postcrash fire.

Postaccident examination revealed that the accident site was in a fallow and relatively flat cotton field, which was surrounded by similar fields. The major components of the airplane were accounted for at the accident site. Flight control continuity from the airplane control surfaces to the cockpit controls was confirmed. The landing gear was in the retracted position.

The left engine was partially attached to airframe and inverted. The left engine propeller assembly was separated from the engine and was about 18 ft. behind the main wreckage and along the wreckage path. All three of the left engine propeller blade roots were at an estimated angle-of-attack greater than 20o and at an angle-of-attack greater than the right propeller blades.

The right engine was attached to the airframe, and its propeller assembly was attached to the engine. Two of the right engine propeller blades exhibited twisting consistent with torsion. The third propeller blade was separated from its assembly and was about 68 ft. behind the main wreckage and along the wreckage path. The third propeller blade exhibited an overload separation at its root, S-shaped bending, twisting, and chordwise scratching.

The airplane wreckage was retained for further examination.


NTSB (photo)



Revision history:

17-Mar-2023 18:17 harro Added
17-Mar-2023 18:23 harro Updated [Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Mar-2023 18:26 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code]
17-Mar-2023 18:28 harro Updated [Category]
18-Mar-2023 01:49 RobertMB Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
18-Mar-2023 13:13 johnwg Updated [Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Category]
28-Mar-2023 22:09 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative, Category]

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