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National Transportation Safety Board

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report

Location: Hobe Sound, FL Accident Number: ERA19LA258


Date & Time: 08/23/2019, 0946 EDT Registration: N80WH
Aircraft: Beech F33 Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On August 23, 2019, about 0946 eastern daylight time, a Beech, F33A, N80WH, was
substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during a forced landing near Hobe Sound,
Florida. The private pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was owned and
operated by Magnolias Pride Inc. under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations
Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local
personal flight, which originated from Witham Field (SUA), Stuart, Florida, about 0920.

According to the pilot, he performed a preflight inspection of the airplane at 0900 with no
anomalies noted. He requested that the fuel tanks to be topped-off and recalled the oil quantity
indicated 11.5 quarts. He departed SUA and proceeded southbound along the beach; he turned
west near Jupiter, Florida and proceeded past US Highway 1 about 2 miles before turning
north towards Hobe Sound. Shortly after the turn, the pilot heard a "tap, tap, tap, tap and a
bang". He recalled the engine oil pressure gauge reading 0 and the primary flight display
showed the wind from the east at 18 knots. He turned east and began looking for an
appropriate landing location. The airplane was at a low altitude as it approached a roadway.
The pilot turned off the electrical power, closed the throttle and turned the fuel selector off
before flying under powerlines heading south. He subsequently performed a forced landing on
the embankment next to the roadway and the airplane continued sliding towards the road
where it came to rest.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

According to Federal Aviation Administration airmen records, the pilot held a private pilot
certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land and instrument airplane. At the time of
the accident, the pilot held a third-class medical certificate issued on June 11, 2019. He
reported 3,037 hours total flight experience and 2,339 hours experience in the accident
airplane.

The 0947 weather observation at SUA, located about 12 miles northwest of the accident site,
included: visibility 7 miles, scattered clouds at 1,500 ft above ground level, broken clouds at
2,300 ft above ground level and rain showers, wind from 110° at 12 knots, temperature 30°C,
dew point 25°C, and an altimeter setting of 30.00 inches of mercury.

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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.
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information
Aircraft Make: Beech Registration: N80WH
Model/Series: F33 A Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file Operating Certificate(s) None
Held:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan


Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: SUA, 18 ft msl Observation Time: 0947 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 25°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 1500 ft agl Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / , 110°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 2300 ft agl Visibility: 7 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Stuart, FL (SUA) Destination: Stuart, FL (SUA)

Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 1 None Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None Latitude, Longitude: 27.032778, -80.111389 (est)
Administrative Information
Investigator In Charge (IIC): Peter C Wentz
Additional Participating Persons: Kurt Gibson; Continental Aerospace Technologies; Mobile, AL
Carlos Enriquez; FAA / FSDO; Miramar, FL
Note: The NTSB did not travel to the scene of this accident.

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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.