Crash of a Cessna 421B Golden Eagle II in Foley

Date & Time: Apr 26, 2016 at 1425 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N3372Q
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
421B-0256
YOM:
1972
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from runway 18 at Foley Municipal Airport, while in initial climb, the pilot encountered technical problem with one engine that was sputtering. The airplane stalled, hit trees and crashed in flames in a garden located south of the airport. The pilot was unhurt while the aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire.

Crash of a Cessna 421B Golden Eagle II in Hammond: 2 killed

Date & Time: Oct 14, 2015 at 1548 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N33FA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
421B-0502
YOM:
1973
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Hammond-Northshore Airport, while climbing, the pilot informed ground he was encountering unexpected problems and intended to return to the airfield. On approach, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in a huge explosion a field. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and both occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 421B Golden Eagle II in Ozren: 1 killed

Date & Time: Sep 24, 2015 at 1325 LT
Operator:
Registration:
YU-BSW
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Banja Luka – Tuzla
MSN:
421B-0248
YOM:
1972
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft, operated by STS Avijacija (STS Aviation), was flying from Banja Luka to Tuzla with three people on board, taking part to a foxes vaccination program. Enroute, the aircraft hit the slope of a wooded mountain located near the Monastery of Ozren, southeast part of the Serbian Republic of Bosnia. One occupant was killed while two others were seriously injured.

Crash of a Cessna 421B Golden Eagle II in Clovis

Date & Time: Aug 9, 2015 at 0900 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N726JB
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Melrose – Clovis
MSN:
421B-0020
YOM:
1970
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On approach to Clovis municipal Airport, the pilot informed ATC about technical problems. The twin engine aircraft hit the ground and crashed. While the pilot and owner James L. Bostwick was seriously injured, the aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Cessna 421B Golden Eagle II on Vargas Island: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 14, 2013 at 1425 LT
Operator:
Registration:
C-GFMX
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Abbotsford - Tofino
MSN:
421B-0939
YOM:
1975
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Aircraft flight hours:
8500
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was performing a flight from Abbotsford to Tofino with two people on board (a father aged 51 and his son aged 25). On approach to Tofino Airport, on Vancouver Island, aircraft hit the ground on Vargas Island, off Tofino. SAR found the debris a day later and both occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 421B Golden Eagle II in Morelia

Date & Time: Apr 6, 2013 at 1200 LT
Operator:
Registration:
XB-LBY
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Cuernavaca - Guadalajara
MSN:
421B-0336
YOM:
1973
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
En route, while cruising, pilot informed ATC about technical problems on right engine and elected to divert to Morelia Airport. On approach, he realized he could not reach the airport so he elected to make an emergency landing in an open field. While all six occupants were slightly injured, aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Cessna 421B Golden Eagle II in Fort Worth

Date & Time: Sep 5, 2012 at 0949 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N69924
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Fort Worth - San Antonio
MSN:
421B-0553
YOM:
1973
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3800
Captain / Total hours on type:
897.00
Aircraft flight hours:
10056
Circumstances:
The commercial pilot was distracted by the nose cargo door popping open during takeoff; the airplane stalled and collided with trees off the end of the runway. The pilot said there were no mechanical problems with the airplane or engines and that he was fixated on the cargo door and lost control of the airplane. He also said that due to stress, he was not mentally prepared to handle the emergency situation.
Probable cause:
The pilot's failure to maintain airplane control on takeoff, which resulted in an inadvertent stall. Contributing to the accident were the unlatched nose cargo door, the pilot’s diverted attention, and the pilot's mental ability to handle the emergency situation.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 421B Golden Eagle II in Charleston: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jun 19, 1979 at 0813 LT
Registration:
N69733
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Newport News - Charleston
MSN:
421B-0867
YOM:
1974
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
2008
Captain / Total hours on type:
543.00
Circumstances:
On a final ILS approach to Charleston-Kanawha Airport in marginal weather conditions, the pilot continued the descent 1'000 feet below the glidepath when the twin engine airplane struck trees and crashed in flames in a wooded area located few hundred yards from the runway threshold. The pilot and two passengers were killed while two other occupants were seriously injured.
Probable cause:
Collision with trees on final approach after the pilot attempted operation beyond experience and ability level. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Improper IFR operation,
- Incorrect trim setting,
- High obstructions,
- Low ceiling,
- Fog,
- Visibility half a mile or less,
- ILS approach,
- Crashed inside outer marker, 1,000 feet below glidepath,
- The pilot did not have medical, multi-engine or instruments ratings.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 421B Golden Eagle II in Spaichbühl: 4 killed

Date & Time: Nov 3, 1978
Registration:
D-IDAS
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
421B-0536
YOM:
1973
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
While on approach to Schwäbisch Hall Airport, the twin engine airplane crashed in unknown circumstances in a wooded area located about 12 km from runway 28 threshold. All four occupants were killed.
Occupants:
Joachim Beilke,
Klaus P. Gnamm,
Reinhardt Remppis,
Bodo Dietze.