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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48538
Last updated: 18 November 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE36 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft G36 Bonanza
Owner/operator:John Thomas Werle
Registration: N936EW
C/n / msn: E-3645
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Porterville Municipal Airport (PTV), CA -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Redlands, CA
Destination airport:Porterville, CA (PTV)
Investigating agency: NTSB
During an instrument approach in instrument meteorological conditions, the flight entered the ground fog layer at 1,300 feet mean sea level (msl) and continued descending to the minimum descent altitude of 980 feet msl. Upon reaching the minimum descent altitude, the pilot asked his passengers if "they saw anything." The pilot stated that he "saw a few breaks." As the airplane neared the missed approach point, the pilot further reported that he declared a missed approach and applied full power. He stated that the engine did not respond and made an unusual sound "like a car would make if its automatic transmission would not grab." The pilot added that he was not getting power and briefed his passengers to brace themselves. Shortly thereafter, the airplane struck trees and the ground within an orange orchard. Both wings and the fuselage were substantially damaged. Examination of the airframe, engine, and propeller assemblies revealed no related preimpact mechanical anomalies.
Probable Cause: A loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.




(c) FAA

Revision history:

28-Nov-2008 12:00 harro Updated
08-Jun-2009 12:20 harro Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
03-Dec-2017 12:10 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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