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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172699
Last updated: 5 December 2019
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Date:04-JAN-2015
Time:16:03
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE36 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Raytheon (Beech) A36 Bonanza
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N349EA
C/n / msn: E-3549
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:SE of Delaware County Regional Airport (KMIE), Muncie, IN -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Carmi, IL (CUL)
Destination airport:Muncie, IN (MIE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
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.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20150106X44718&key=1
FAA register: NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20150106X44718&key=1
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N349EA

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

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20150106X44718&key=1
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N349EA

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
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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