NTSB Identification: CEN13LA381
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 30, 2013 in Hot Springs, AR
Aircraft: BEECH C23, registration: N3KT
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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On June 30, 2013, about 1145 central daylight time, a Beech C23, N3KT, impacted trees and terrain during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Hot Springs, Arkansas. The pilot and pilot rated passenger were uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial wing and fuselage damage during the landing. The airplane was registered to and operated by Seymours Sundowners LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual flight rules (VFR) conditions prevailed for the flight, which did not operate on a VFR flight plan. The flight originated from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), near Austin, Texas, about 0830, and was destined for the Memorial Field Airport (HOT), near Hot Springs, Arkansas.
During an initial telephone interview, the pilots indicated that they started the airplane engine at 0820 and departed from AUS about 0830. The airplane was not topped off and it had about 50 gallons of aviation gasoline on board when it departed from AUS. The pilots stated that the fuel gauges worked during the flight. The pilots were asked if there were any mechanical issues with the airplane during the flight and they indicated the loss of engine power. The left seat pilot flew the airplane until the loss of engine power. The pilot in the right seat manipulated the controls during the forced landing and he landed the airplane in field about one mile from HOT at 1145. They were asked if they switched fuel tanks and they indicated they did when the engine had its power loss.
At 1153, the recorded weather at HOT was: Wind 030 degrees at 10 knots, gusting to 19 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 28 degrees C; dew point 12 degrees C; altimeter 29.96 inches of mercury.
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