General Aviation Accident Bulletin – AVweb

AVweb General Aviation Accident Bulletin is taken from the pages of our sister publication, Air safety magazine. All reports listed here are preliminary and include only the first factual findings on the accidents. You can read more about final probable cause on the NTSB website at www.ntsb.gov. Final reports appear about a year after the accident, although some take longer. Learn more about Air safety at www.aviationsafetymagazine.com.


October 5, 2021, Thomson, Georgia

Dassault Fan Jet Falcon 20

The plane was destroyed at 5:44 a.m. Eastern time when it collided with terrain below the airstrip. The captain and first officer were fatally injured. Night visual conditions prevailed for the FAR Part 135 on-demand cargo flight.

At approximately 5:37 a.m., after an uneventful flight from Texas, ATC cleared the flight for the ILS runway 10 approach. According to surveillance video, the airport and runway lights were activated at approximately 5 39 a.m. At approximately 5:42 a.m., the accident aircraft’s landing lights came on and remained visible for about two minutes. The video showed the aircraft approaching Runway 10 in a relatively constant descent and heading. Approximately 25 seconds before the aircraft’s landing lights disappeared, a momentary right turn, followed by a left turn and increased rate of descent, was observed. The landing lights disappeared around 0544. The last ADS-B data point showed the aircraft at 800 feet msl and 1.36 nm from the runway threshold. The airplane came to a stop about 0.70 nm from the runway threshold. There was no post-crash fire.

Examination revealed that the horizontal stabilizer and its screw jack were in a normal envelope. The flap selector was in the full flap position (40 degrees) and the landing gear handle was in the extended position. Both engines exhibited impact damage; foreign body debris with the appearance of wood shavings and green vegetation was observed inside.


October 8, 2021, Atlanta, Georgia

Cessna P210N Pressurized Centurion

At approximately 1:11 p.m. Eastern Time, the plane was destroyed during an attempted takeoff. The pilot and three passengers were fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

Surveillance video revealed that the aircraft took off at approximately 1,000 feet on Runway 21 in a nose-up attitude, rolled left into an inverted attitude, and impacted nose-first alongside the runway. The cabin and instrument panel were consumed by a post-impact fire. The inboard trim tab control rod was in a five degree down tab position while the outboard control rod was in a five degree up tab position. The aircraft had been converted to a Rolls-Royce turboshaft in July 2021.


October 8, 2021, Los Banos, CA.

Beech B36TC Turbo Bonanza

The aircraft was substantially damaged during an off-airport landing following an engine failure around 7:00 p.m. Pacific time. The solo pilot was not injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

While cruising at approximately 10,000 feet MSL, the engine lost oil pressure and its manifold pressure dropped. The pilot immediately diverted to a nearby airport. On the descent, the engine momentarily produced partial power, but then strong vibrations were felt and the engine subsequently lost all power. During this time, the cockpit filled with smoke and fire, and sparks were observed emanating from the engine cowling. Unable to reach the runway of the diversion airport, the pilot made a forced landing on a road. During the landing roll, the aircraft struck an object, causing extensive damage to its wings.


October 10, 2021, Greenville, SC

CTLS LSA flight design

At approximately 12:10 p.m. Eastern Time, the aircraft was severely damaged when its pilot deployed the airframe’s parachute following engine failure. The solo pilot was slightly injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

According to the pilot, the accident flight was the first after an annual inspection. About 18 miles south of his destination, the engine oil pressure dropped to zero. The pilot flew to a nearby airport and declared an emergency. The engine continued to run for a few minutes before it stalled. Unable to reach the diversion airport, the pilot veered into an open clearing before deploying the aircraft’s ballistic parachute at approximately 500 feet AGL. The aircraft came to rest in pine trees about 50 feet high. Examination revealed that two engine oil hoses were disconnected.


This article originally appeared in the January 2022 issue of Air safety magazine.

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