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Crash of a Swearingen SA226T Merlin in Jacksonville: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 27, 2003 at 0752 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N698X
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Beaumont-Jacksonville
MSN:
T26-137
YOM:
1969
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
4500
Aircraft flight hours:
8263
Circumstances:
During flight, the pilot was informed that weather conditions at destination were bad with low visibility due to fog. Despite this message, he elected to land and while approaching too low, the aircraft struck trees and crashed in a wooded area located 1,8 miles short of runway 32. The pilot was killed and all four passengers were injured.

Crash of a BAe 125 in Beaumont: 3 killed

Date & Time: Sep 20, 2003 at 1854 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N45BP
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Houston-Beaumont
MSN:
257026
YOM:
1978
Location:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
5230
Aircraft flight hours:
9781
Aircraft flight cycles:
7098
Circumstances:

On approach, the aircraft crashed in an open field located 15 miles from the runway threshold. All three occupants were killed.

Crash of a Beechcraft C18 Expeditor in Waldron: 1 killed

Date & Time: May 23, 1999 at 1915 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N9729H
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Beaumont-Springdale
MSN:
8205
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
6860
Captain / Total hours on type:
860.00
Aircraft flight hours:
4400

Crash of an Embraer ERJ-145 in Beaumont

Date & Time: Feb 11, 1998 at 1216 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N14931
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Houston-Beaumont
MSN:
145-013
YOM:
1997
Flight number:
CO910
Location:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
4670
Captain / Total hours on type:
500.00
Aircraft flight hours:
1844
Aircraft flight cycles:
1472

Crash of a Cessna 421C Golden Eagle III in Crystal City: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jul 24, 1987 at 1700 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N448
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Beaumont - Crystal City
MSN:
421C-1034
YOM:
1981
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
11000
Aircraft flight hours:
1375
Circumstances:
The pilot landed downwind on his private strip. The exact amount of the tailwind could not be determined. A thunderstorm was located just to the east of the runway and could have readily given N448 a strong tailwind. The aircraft touched down 390 feet beyond the threshold. Light braking action was evident from that point up to a point 400 feet from a hangar where all tire marks disappeared. The aircraft collided with the hangar, which was built at the end of and across the runway, approximately 10 feet above the runway surface and was destroyed by the subsequent post crash fire. The passenger was seriously injured and the pilot was killed.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: in flight collision with object
Phase of operation: landing - aborted
Findings
1. (f) object - building (nonresidential)
2. (c) brakes (normal) - improper use of - pilot in command
3. (f) aborted landing - delayed - pilot in command
4. (f) distance - misjudged - pilot in command
5. (f) weather condition - tailwind
6. (c) wrong runway - selected - pilot in command
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Occurrence #2: fire
Phase of operation: landing
Final Report:

Crash of a Hawker-Siddeley H.S.125-1A-522 in Houston: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jun 29, 1983 at 1447 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N125E
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Houston - Beaumont
MSN:
25110
YOM:
1966
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
9500
Captain / Total hours on type:
5000.00
Aircraft flight hours:
5283
Circumstances:
The Grumman American AA-5A, N9844U, had just landed. While taxing, the aircrew stopped short of runway 13R as Beechcraft. Hawker BH-125, N125E, was taking off. The rated student in N125E, who was on a training flight, was at the controls and began the takeoff. The power-up and takeoff roll were normal. Rotation was described as normal and the left throttle was retarded to idle at 110 knots, as pre-briefed, to simulate an engine failure. The instructor pilot (IP) stated that the lift off appeared normal and directional control was good up to an alt of 10 to 20 feet. The left wing then started to drop and the student applied right aileron, but did not stop the roll. The IP began advancing the left throttle, but did not get on the flight controls. The left wing hit the runway and the aircraft veered left and settled to the ground. At impact, both main gear mounts failed, a fuel tank ruptured and a fire started. N125E then slid into N9844U and both aircraft burned. BH-125 flight man recommends IP follow thru, max bank 5° and cautions negative wxvaning in crosswind. BH-125 rudder bias engaged. AA-5A crew thrown out, seatbelts unlatched.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: loss of control - in flight
Phase of operation: takeoff - initial climb
Findings
1. (c) supervision - inadequate - pilot in command (CFI)
2. (f) weather condition - crosswind
3. (c) directional control - not maintained - dual student
4. (f) lack of total experience in type operation - dual student
5. (c) remedial action - inadequate - pilot in command (CFI)
6. (f) overconfidence in aircraft's ability - pilot in command (CFI)
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Occurrence #2: in flight collision with terrain/water
Phase of operation: takeoff
Findings
7. Clearance - not maintained
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Occurrence #3: on ground/water collision with object
Phase of operation: other
Findings
8. (f) object - aircraft parked/standing
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 411 in Houston: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 28, 1982 at 1415 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N411HN
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Houston - Beaumont
MSN:
411-0276
YOM:
1967
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
6000
Circumstances:
The aircraft was the second aircraft of a flight of two. The lead aircraft had received radio clearance for takeoff. The lead aircraft was to proceed to a visual checkpoint northwest of the airport and wait for this aircraft to join up. Witnesses observed the aircraft depart runway 17 and remain at low altitude. A left turn was completed with the aircraft passing over the witnesses at low altitude. They saw the pilot looking from side to side just prior to the aircraft colliding with a radio tower/antenna. The aircraft crashed and the pilot, sole on board was killed.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: in flight collision with object
Phase of operation: takeoff - initial climb
Findings
1. (c) proper climb rate - not maintained - pilot in command
2. (f) object - electrical tower
3. (c) visual lookout - inadequate - pilot in command
4. (c) diverted attention - pilot in command
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor in Dallas: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 26, 1973 at 1254 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N118X
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Dallas - Beaumont
MSN:
AF-876
YOM:
1954
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
2050
Captain / Total hours on type:
165.00
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Dallas-Love Field Airport, while climbing, the pilot informed ATC about serious problems and elected to return for an emergency landing. He was cleared to do so and completed a turn to rejoin the airport when he lost control of the airplane that crashed onto several houses by the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot was killed. There were no injuries on the ground.
Probable cause:
Stall and spin during traffic pattern circling after the pilot failed to maintain flying speed. The following factors were reported:
- Inadequate preflight preparation,
- Improperly loaded aircraft and CofG,
- Suspected mechanical discrepancy,
- CofG 8.9 inches after the rear limit.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft Queen Air 65 in Beaumont: 7 killed

Date & Time: Apr 28, 1968 at 0015 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N968Q
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
LC-120
YOM:
1962
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Captain / Total flying hours:
4900
Captain / Total hours on type:
40.00
Circumstances:
While on a night approach to Beaumont Airport, the twin engine aircraft struck the ground and crashed few miles short of runway. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all seven occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Investigations were unable to determine the cause of the accident.
Final Report:

Crash of a Fokker F7a/3m in Beaumont: 4 killed

Date & Time: Mar 29, 1929 at 0918 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
NC7888
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Los Angeles – El Paso
MSN:
617
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
While approaching the mountains near Beaumont, California, pilot Delbert Everett encountered poor weather conditions and low visibility due to foggy conditions. In flight, the three engine aircraft hit a mountain slope and was destroyed by impact forces and postcrash fire. All four occupants were killed.