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Tail numberN9599Y
Accident dateJuly 29, 1995
Aircraft typeBeech P35
LocationElko, NV
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On July 29, 1995, at 1527 hours Pacific daylight time, a Beech P35, N9599Y, owned and operated by the pilot, crashed during a go-around at the airport in Elko, Nevada. The aircraft was destroyed and the private pilot was fatally injured. The aircraft had departed earlier from Ogden, Utah, with a destination of Sacramento, California. The pilot received a weather briefing from the Flight Service Station (FSS) at Cedar City, Utah, and an updated briefing from the Reno FSS for the Sacramento area when approaching Elko.

According to the Elko air traffic controller, the pilot reported that he was northeast of the airport and would like to land. The winds at the time were variable from 190 to 230 degrees at 23 knots, gusting to 35 knots. The aircraft appeared to land too long and the pilot stated he was going around and would attempt to land on runway 30. The pilot made a left turn and was then observed to nose down into the ground. The pilot indicated no mechanical problems with the aircraft during these radio transmissions.

According to ground witnesses, the aircraft started a left turn at a low altitude and was observed to be flying at a slow speed with the wings rocking back and forth. All of the witnesses commented on the windy conditions, with several stating the pilot was in obvious trouble because of them. It was during the turn to the left that some of them observed the aircraft stall and descend nose down into the ground.

Examination of the aircraft under the supervision of an FAA inspector from the Reno, Nevada, Flight Standards District Office found that the landing gear and the flaps were retracted at the time of impact. There was no ground fire and no evidence found of an aircraft malfunction. See the attachments to this report for details.

The elevation of the Elko airport is 5,135 feet and the temperature was recorded as 89 degrees. The density altitude was estimated to be about 8,000 feet. Also recorded shortly after the accident was a visibility of 2.5 miles with blowing dust and variable winds from 190 to 260 degrees at 28 knots, gusting to 38 knots.

According to the tower controller, runway 05/23 was closed for construction and this was acknowledged by the pilot.

The toxicological report on the pilot was negative for carbon monoxide, drugs, cyanide, and ethanol.

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