Thursday, January 21, 2016

Beech A23A, N3680Q: Accident occurred January 16, 2016 in Kingston, Roane County, Tennessee

Registration Pending: 

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA090 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 16, 2016 in Kingston, TN
Aircraft: BEECH A23, registration: N3680Q
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On January 16, 2016, at 1110 central standard time, a Beech A23, N3680Q, was substantially damaged by a collision with a tree during a forced landing near the Riley Creek Airport (12TN), Kingston, Tennessee. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions were reported near the accident site about the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the 12TN at 1015.

According to the pilot, the day before the accident, he said that he drained the left fuel tank in order to clear any debris from the left wing sump valve. He said that he poured all of the drained fuel into the right wing tank which brought the quantity to approximately 28 gallons in the right tank. He poured approximately 1.5 gallons into the left fuel tank and then sumped both tanks for water and contamination. The following day when the pilot returned to the airport, conducted a pre-flight, started the engine, taxied around the ramp area to clean the mud and debris from the tires while warming up the engine. He took off and flew around the local area for approximately 45 minutes before returning to the airport. After landing he taxied around the airport a few more times before departing again. He said that he was flying for about 10 minutes when he decided to return to the airport. As he flew over the airport to see the direction of the wind, the engine stopped. An unsuccessful attempted was made to restart the engine, and the pilot performed an emergency off field landing.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplanes left wing was broken away from the wing root. The empennage separated from the main cabin and the firewall was buckled. The airplane was recovered from the accident site and retained for further examination.
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Nashville FSDO-19

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