Accident Beechcraft C23 Sundowner N76SB,
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Date:Sunday 3 December 2023
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft C23 Sundowner
Registration: N76SB
MSN: M-1776
Year of manufacture:1975
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Warrenton–Fauquier Airport (HWY/KHWY), Midland, VA -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Warrenton Fauquier Airport, VA (KHWY)
Destination airport:Warrenton Fauquier Airport, VA (KHWY)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On December 3, 2023, about 1548 eastern standard time, a Beech C23 airplane, N76SB, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Midland, Virginia. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Initial Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) track data revealed that the pilot departed from runway 15 at Warrenton-Fauquier Airport (HWY), Midland, Virginia about 1308 and conducted several practice instrument approaches to Stafford Regional Airport (RMN) in Stafford, Virginia and Culpeper Regional Airport (CJR) in Culpeper, Virginia before returning to attempt an approach and landing at HWY.

According to preliminary information obtained from air traffic control, the pilot provided several PIREPs to Patomac (PCT) Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) regarding cloud heights. The flight was cleared for the RNAV runway 33 approach to HWY with an intended full stop landing. The pilot advised PCT TRACON that he intended to cancel his instrument flight rules clearance in the air once he descended below the clouds. ADS-B data revealed that the airplane descended toward runway 33 and track data was lost about 4,350 ft short of runway 33 and right of the runway centerline. The pilot made no distress calls over the radio during the approach.

The airplane collided with 80-ft-tall hardwood trees on a 330° heading about 0.35 nm east of the runway 33 threshold. There was a postaccident fire that consumed most of the forward fuselage and cockpit. The right wing separated during the impact with trees.

Recorded weather near the time of the accident included 1 ¾-mile visibility in mist and a cloud ceiling at 300 ft.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: 
Status: Preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report


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Revision history:

04-Dec-2023 05:15 Captain Adam Added
04-Dec-2023 07:35 RobertMB Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Category]
04-Dec-2023 15:22 RobertMB Updated [Nature, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
04-Dec-2023 23:34 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
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12-Dec-2023 19:32 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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