Monday, January 4, 2016

Beechcraft C33 Debonair, N20XY: Accident occurred January 04, 2016 near Henderson Executive Airport (KHND), Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA048
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 04, 2016 in Henderson, NV
Aircraft: BEECH 35 C33, registration: N20XY
Injuries: 2 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 4, 2016, about 1715 Pacific standard time, a Beech 35-C33, N20XY, landed short of the runway after experiencing a partial loss of engine power on final approach to the Henderson Executive Airport (HND), Henderson, Nevada. The private pilot and the certified flight instructor (CFI) sustained no injuries; the airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings. The airplane is registered to, and operated by, the private pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on an instrument rules flight plan. The flight originated from Placerville Airport, Placerville, California, at 1405.

The CFI reported that the owner, who is a private pilot, just purchased the airplane and they were flying it to Kentucky. It was a cross-country instructional flight to familiarize the owner with the make and the model of the airplane. The CFI filed the flight plan to Santa Fe, New Mexico; however, they diverted to HND as the owner was not comfortable flying at night. As the CFI entered the final approach to the runway, he realized the engine stopped producing power. He checked the instrument gauges, manipulated the fuel selector and adjusted the throttle in order to regain power; however, he did not have enough altitude to restart the engine. The airplane landed hard short of the runway: subsequently, the nose landing gear collapsed and the airplane came to rest nose down. 

The airplane has been recovered to a secure location for further examination. 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Las Vegas FSDO-19

An unidentified man who was on board the Beechcraft Bonanza single engine plane photographs the plane he was in after it landed hard in the desert short of the Henderson Executive Airport Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, in Henderson. The plane which was headed to Nashville, Tenn. when it was to divert to Henderson Airport due to inclement weather. Two people were on-board but were not injured.

A small plane bound for Nashville, Tennessee landed just short of the Henderson Executive Airport on Monday afternoon.

Neither of the two people on board was injured, said Chris Jones, McCarran International Airport spokesman. The plane was on its way from Porterville, California, a small city just west of Sequoia National Forest, when Jones said it diverted to Henderson "because of the bad weather."

Jones said investigators on the scene "believe the aircraft lost power on its way down to the runway."

Henderson Fire responded and located the plane, which was on a desert patch near St. Rose Parkway and Alper Center Drive — near Seven Hills Drive — around 5:20 p.m. Because there were no injuries and no fire, aviation officials weren't quick to call it a crash, but Jones said it was "obviously not a normal landing."

Information was not immediately available on who owns the six-seater, single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza plane or who was on board.


Authorities are investigating a Monday evening plane crash.

Investigators say a small aircraft from Porterville, California was on it's way to Nashville, Tennessee.

The plane made a diversion to Henderson Executive Airport due to bad weather.

As they were coming in to land, there was a loss of power and the plane came up short to the runway.

The plane landed in a desert area just south of St. Rose Parkway.

Two people were onboard. There were no reported injuries.

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