Recently Purchased By The Pilot And Was Being Transported To The Pilot’S Home Residence

Location: Palestine, TX Accident Number: CEN21LA151
Date & Time: March 6, 2021, 13:40 Local Registration: N3394V
Aircraft: Beech 35 Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Personal

On March 6, 2021, about 1340 central standard time, a Beech 35 airplane, N3394V, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Palestine, Texas. The private pilot sustained serious injuries and the private pilot-rated passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The airplane was recently purchased by the pilot and was being transported to the pilot’s home residence in the greater Dallas, Texas area. The pilot reported that while enroute, the engine lost power. The pilot maneuvered the airplane for a forced landing. The airplane impacted trees and came to rest in a grass field on a ranch about 4 miles southwest of Palestine. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage.

A Federal Aviation Administration aviation safety inspector and an air safety investigator from Textron Aviation traveled to the accident site to conduct documentation activities. The wreckage was recovered from the accident site for a future examination of the airframe, engine, and propeller.