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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 132894
Last updated: 12 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE17 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft D17R
Owner/operator:Walter B. Thomas
Registration: N35E
C/n / msn: D-17R-167
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sandwich, IL -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:C48
Destination airport:MWK
Investigating agency: NTSB
On August 3, 1994, about 1130 central daylight time, a Beech D17R, N35E, was destroyed when it was consumed by fire after the pilot made a gear-up landing at the Woodlake Landing Airport, Sandwich, Illinois. The commercial pilot was not injured. The personal flight originated at Woodlake Landing with an intended destination of Mount Airy, North Carolina. No flight plan was filed, and visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time.

The pilot reported he noticed a drop in engine rpm shortly after takeoff, and elected to return to the airport and make a precautionary landing. He could not maintain airspeed with the landing gear down so he raised it. In his statement he said he, "...was concerned with rpm status, was apparently distracted, lowered flaps on short final, and failed to lower the gear."

The Federal Aviation Administration inspector who examined the wreckage could find no reason for the loss of rpm.
PROBABLE CAUSE:the failure of the pilot to lower the landing gear. Factors related to the accident were the loss of engine rpm, for undetermined reasons, and the diverted attention of the pilot.


NTSB id 20001206X01990

Revision history:

30-Apr-2016 18:25 David Arthur Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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