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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 213399
Last updated: 12 November 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft V35 Bonanza
Registration: N228Q
C/n / msn: D-8135
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Harris County, north of Katy, TX -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Monaville, TX (TX42)
Destination airport:Houston, TX (IWS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The private pilot reported that, as he approached the destination airport, he noted "a sudden and severe noise and vibration" and "a…stream of gray smoke from under the right side of the [engine] cowling," followed by a loss of engine power. The pilot subsequently conducted a forced landing, during which the airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing.

Postaccident engine examination revealed two holes in the top of the crankcase near the Nos. 3 and 4 cylinders. A teardown examination of the engine revealed that the No. 4 connecting rod had failed due to oil starvation, which resulted in a catastrophic engine failure. Foreign debris, which was similar to a paper towel, was recovered from the engine oil sump and the oil pickup screen. Most of the screen area was obstructed by the debris, which had interrupted the oil flow from the sump to the engine.

The airplane maintenance records noted that the alternator and alternator drive gear were replaced about 8 weeks before the accident. The engine had been operated about 24 hours since the alternator replacement. The starter and starter adapter were replaced the day before the accident flight. The engine had been operated about 15 minutes since the most recent maintenance work was performed. It is likely that maintenance personnel left the paper towel in the engine during the recent maintenance work, which resulted in oil starvation, the failure of the connecting rod, and the catastrophic engine failure and subsequent total loss of engine power.

Probable Cause: Maintenance personnel’s failure to remove a paper towel from the engine during recent maintenance, which resulted in oil starvation, the failure of a connecting rod, and a catastrophic engine failure and subsequent total loss of engine power.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

17-Jul-2018 22:22 Geno Added
21-Nov-2018 11:40 Anon. Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Damage, Narrative, Photo]
12-Nov-2019 17:48 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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