NTSB Identification: ERA13FA039
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 25, 2012 in Hooksett, NH
Aircraft: BEECH A36, registration: N4325W
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On October 25, 2012, approximately 1306 eastern daylight time, a Beechcraft A36, N4325W, was substantially damaged during impact with a light stanchion and terrain near Hooksett, New Hampshire. The certificated private pilot/owner and passenger were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight, which departed Boire Field (ASH), Nashua, New Hampshire, with a planned destination of Laconia Municipal Airport (LCI), Laconia, New Hampshire. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
According to line workers at ASH, the pilot and his wife departed the airplane’s base at Block Island State Airport (BID), Block Island, Rhode Island, the morning of the accident, and landed at ASH to clean the airplane’s windscreen before departing for LCI. They stated that the airplane did not take on fuel at ASH, and that the pilot appeared to be in good spirits.
Review of preliminary air traffic control and radar data revealed that the pilot contacted the Boston terminal radar approach control facility at 1239, shortly after takeoff from ASH. The airplane was issued a discrete transponder code and continued direct to LCI at a cruise altitude of 5,500 feet. At 1249, the airplane was observed making a 180-degree turn from its established northerly course from the south, and the airplane’s transponder code was lost. Air traffic control attempted to contact the pilot several times via radio to verify the airplane’s altitude, but no response was received. The airplane was lost from radar contact at 1306.
The initial impact point was identified as a light stanchion, located on the east side of Interstate 93, and the outboard portion of the right wing was located about 55 feet north of the tower. The main wreckage came to rest against the guardrail on the west side of the northbound lanes, on an approximate 280 degree heading.
The airplane was recovered from the interstate and examined in a hangar. The cabin area exhibited significant impact damage, and the empennage remained intact. The landing gear were observed in the retracted position. Control continuity was established from all flight controls to the cockpit area.
The engine remained attached to the airframe by various lines, cables, and hoses. The propeller was separated at the flange, and all three blades remained attached at the hub, 2 of the blades exhibiting leading edge gouging and s-bending, with the third blade relatively undamaged. The engine was rotated by hand through the accessory drive, and valve train continuity was confirmed. Compression was obtained on all cylinders using the thumb method. The top spark plugs were removed; each was light gray in color and exhibited normal wear. Both left and right magnetos produced spark on all terminal leads.
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