NTSB Identification: ERA14FA075
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 18, 2013 in Chatlottesville, VA
Aircraft: BEECH A36TC, registration: N3705Z
Injuries: 1 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 December 18, 2013, about 1110 eastern standard time, a Beech A36TC, N3705Z, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain near Charlottesville, Virginia, while on approach to Charlottesville-Albemarle airport (CHO), Charlottesville, Virginia. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The flight departed from Woodbine Municipal Airport (OBI), Woodbine, New Jersey, about 0945, and was destined for CHO. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed. The personnel flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

Review of preliminary air traffic control information revealed that the pilot contacted CHO tower at 1104 to report he was 13 miles from CHO at 4,300 mean sea level. A CHO tower controller instructed him to enter a left base for runway 21 and report 3 miles. At 1108, the pilot declared an emergency. The controller asked for the nature of the emergency and the pilot reported his engine was dying. The pilot's last transmission to CHO tower was at 1110 when he stated he was not going to make the airport.

The accident site was located in front of a residence, about 3 miles east of CHO. The initial impact point was identified by several damaged tree limbs, and a wreckage path about 200 feet in length, oriented approximately 090 degrees magnetic, extending through the impact area. Fragments of the airplane, including portions of the outboard right and left wings were located along the wreckage path. The engine remained attached to the fuselage, and all three propeller blades exhibited postcrash impact damage with minimal leading edge and rotational signature damage.

The engine was retained for further examination.

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