This April 2007 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.Aircraft: Beech Bonanza.
Location: Sedona, Ariz.
Injuries: 3 Fatal.
Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The airport is located on a plateau with terrain that drops off steeply at both ends of the single runway. Wind gusts at the runway surface were recorded at 38 knots at the time of the accident. A pilot who landed at the airport just before the accident airplane reported severe turbulence and a 30-knot windshear at the approach end of the runway. He transmitted that information to the accident pilot.
According to witnesses, the accident airplane appeared to get low and slow while on final, then descended below the elevation of the approach end of the runway. As it dropped below the level of the runway, a witness reported that the airplane assumed a nose high attitude, and the engine sounded as if it were operating at full power. The airplane rolled to the right and hit rising terrain short of the runway.
Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate compensation for the high wind conditions and wind shear encounter on final approach, that led to a failure to maintain an adequate airspeed and a stall.