Sunday, December 20, 2015

Beech 95-C55, N2709T, Yan Venter Ministry: Incident occurred December 20, 2015 at Russellville Regional Airport (KRUE), Pope County, Arkansas

AIRCRAFT: 1967 Beech 95-C55 Baron SN# TE-346 N2709T

ENGINE(S) -  Left – Continental IO-520-C SN# 172320-71

Right – Continental IO-520-C SN# 172340-71    

PROPELLER(S) – Left – McCauley 2AF34C55 SN# 774432

Right – McCauley 2AF34C55 SNN# 730819

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information):

ENGINE(S): Left & Right engines = 8246.2 TTSN / 563.0 SMOH   Both overhauled 8/9/2006 by JB Aircraft Engines in Sebring, FL. 

PROPELLER(S):    Left propeller 623.0 SMOH and right propeller 699.8 SMOH        
AIRFRAME:       8246.2 TTSN                 

OTHER EQUIPMENT: King KMA-24, Garmin GNS-530, King KX-165, Garmin GTX-330, PM3000 intercom, WX-10A, dual glideslope indicators.           

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  On 12/20/2015 smoke filled cabin and gear would not extend with aircraft landed wheels-up.  Fire department then sprayed interior,  cabin, instrument panel with water due to smoke indicating there was a potential fire (no fire developed).  

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES: Both props curled with sudden stoppage to both engines; belly abraded with skins and bulkheads damaged, lower antennas destroyed, left and right flaps damaged, entry step damaged.  Water damage to interior. Aircraft dismantled for transport.                   

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Dawson Aircraft, Clinton AR            

REMARKS: Aircraft dismantled.  Adjuster has logs and records.  Avionics with aircraft.  

Salvage bid:


Date: 20-DEC-15
Time: 20:45:00Z
Regis#: N2709T
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 55
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Activity: Personal
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Little Rock FSDO-11
State: Arkansas



The Russellville Fire Department and Pope County EMS were called to respond to the Russellville Regional Airport after the pilot of a Beechcraft 55 Baron aircraft, made radio contact with airport officials stating that the plane would be making an emergency landing at the airport, Sunday afternoon, December 20. 

According to airport officials the plane was piloted by Yan Venter of Russellville, who was returning from an out of town trip. 

Venter contacted airport officials around 2:30 p.m. and advised airport personnel that his landing gear was disabled and he was going to orbit the field to attempt to get it to work. 

When Venter contacted officials he was approximately 10 miles out from the airport.

 After the landing gear continued to fail and the manual emergency release on the gear failed as well, Venter advised he would need to make an emergency landing, "a wheels up landing."

Airport officials called 911 and requested the Russellville Fire Department and Pope County EMS to respond the airport and be on standby. 

RFD Engine 1, Engine 4 and Battalion 1, as well as Pope County EMS, arrived on scene at the airport and positioned themselves on the field located next to the runway as Venter made his approach and attempted to land his aircraft. 

Venter put the plane down on the runway about mid field and it came to rest successfully. 

Venter, the only occupant of the plane, exited the aircraft uninjured. 

The runway was closed for a period of time as clean up was performed by the Russellville Fire Department and airport officials.

Prop strikes were observed on the runway where the plane struck the ground and began to skid and then stop but significant damage to the runway did not occur. 

Russellville Regional Airport Director Keith Frazier stated to River Valley Leader, "the landing Venter performed was "text book." "This was about the best ending you could hope for in this situation," Frazier said. 

The disabled plane will remain in the field in between the runways until Venter's insurance company and salvage company are able to arrive. 

It's anticipated that the plane will remain in the field for the next 48 hours. 


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