NTSB Identification: ERA14LA218
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 02, 2014 in Middlesboro, KY
Aircraft: BEECH V35B, registration: N702JS
Injuries: 1 Serious.
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 May 2, 2014, about 1340 eastern daylight time, a Beech V35B, N702JS, collided with terrain during a landing attempt at Middlesboro-Bell County Airport (1A6), Middlesboro, Kentucky. The certificated private pilot sustained serious injuries and a dog sustained minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial impact and thermal damage to both wings and fuselage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by another private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight.
According to an eyewitness, who was also the registered owner of the airplane on file with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the pilot purchased the airplane the morning of the accident and flew with another private pilot prior to the accident flight. Shortly after departure, on the accident flight, the pilot announced on the common traffic advisory frequency that a "door popped open" and that he was returning to land. The eyewitness further stated that on final approach, about 30 feet above ground level, the airplane banked to the left, rolled wings level, flew perpendicular away from the runway, and impacted the ground in a flat attitude. The airplane subsequently became engulfed in flames, and the pilot extricated himself from the airplane with thermal injuries.
Examination of the airplane by an FAA inspector and a representative from the airplane manufacturer, revealed that the it impacted the paved portion of the displaced threshold of the intended runway with the left wing fiberglass fuel tip tank. The debris path was about 210 feet in length, from the initial impact point to the main wreckage, and was located to the left of the paved portion of the intended runway. Further examination revealed flight control continuity to all flight control surfaces and the ruddervator trim actuator extension was measured and found to be about one-half inch, which correlates to approximately 20 degree nose up trim position. Both wing flaps were measured and the measurement correlated to about a 30 degree flap position. Both main fuel tanks contained approximately 40 gallons of blue fluid similar in color and smell as 100 LL aviation fuel and both fiberglass wingtip tanks were breeched. The fuel selector valve was found in the right wing main fuel tank detent. The fuel system was free of debris and no abnormalities with the system were noted. All three landing gear assemblies, including the actuators, were found in the extended position and the landing gear selector handle, located in the cockpit, was found in the "DOWN" position.
The engine was retained for further examination.
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