On November 27, 2004, at 1517 Japan standard time (0617 UTC), a Beechcraft E-33, JA3435, collided with a high-voltage power line during the approach phase of an attempted power-out forced landing. The pilot and two of his passengers received serious injuries, the third passenger received minor injuries, and the aircraft was destroyed by the subsequent impact with the terrain. The aircraft, which was being operated by a private individual, had been on a flight from Nanki-Shirahama Airport to Yao Airport.

According to the Aircraft and Railway Accident Investigation Commission of Japan, the pilot intended to land at Yao Airport, but the three "gear down" lights did not illuminate, so he elected to make a low pass so that an individual on the ground could confirm the position of the landing gear. After making the low pass, the pilot attempted to initiate a climb, but the engine rpm did not accelerate, so he elected to execute an emergency landing on the shore of a nearby river. While on short-final to the spot he had chosen for the emergency landing, the aircraft struck the power lines and then impacted the terrain.

This report is for informational purposes only. The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Japan, and any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Aircraft and Railway Accident Investigation Commission (ARAIC)
Mr. Masaru Chiba, Investigator-In-Charge
2-1-3, Kasumigaseki Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8918 Japan
Phone: +81-3-5253-8814
Fax: +81-3-5253-1677

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