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Oklahoma MU-2B Accident – A Mishandled Engine Out

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N856JT, a Mitsubishi MU-2B-25, crashed into wooded terrain near Owasso, Oklahoma, on Nov. 10, 2013, about 1546 CST. The 51-year-old commercial pilot, who was the sole occupant of the airplane, was killed and the airplane was destroyed. (aviationweek.com) More...

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bentwing60
bentwing60 1
Nobody touchin this one? Not too much surprise here, and for those who haven't heard it before, "just because you can buy em doesn't mean you can fly em. Over the years the V35 Bonanza was always known as the fork tailed doctor killer! This is just a little higher up the food chain, but have you checked to see what you can buy an MU-2 for these days? Fools gold! At any rate the weather might as well have been severe clear and it got him. Had he made this flight successfully, who knows how the first 500&2 approach would have gone, let alone 200&1/2! The point of this diatribe is not to harangue a deceased pilot, it is to stress that high performance airplanes are killers for low time in type pilots, so hire a pro to keep you alive for 50 hours or so and save some money on insurance to boot. Come to think of it I am kinda surprised that his insurance company didn't do just that. And Mr. Inhofe SR. you may feel free to sue me over my comments on this forum as your current form of government seems aimed at assuring the current middle class will die as paupers.
preacher1
preacher1 1
I will add my 2 cts worth just from the report and stay out of the Beech argument. This is from the report:
"As examined, the airplane was not configured in accordance with the airplane flight manual engine shutdown and single-engine landing procedures, which state that the airplane should remain in a clean configuration with flaps set to 5 deg. at the beginning of the final approach descent and the landing gear retracted until landing is assured. Thermal damage to the cockpit instrumentation precluded determining the pre-impact position of fuel control and engine switches.”
With flaps at 20, I wonder if he wasn't having flashbacks to the 421. Flying on memory but that seems somewhere around right for the 421. It varied a little with the model.
bassam
bassam 1
I agree with you 100%. A while ago a colleague lost his life flying an MU2 Marquise.

You are so correct about the V tail Bonanza. A friend doctor bought one. I tried many times
to convince him to get out of it. Finally he sold it and bought a nice Bonanza.

Nobody can explain it as well as you. Have fun flying.
linbb
linbb 1
Was not the airplane was the pilot as for some reason they seemed to think the Bonanza was the thing to have. Just like any other high performance AC you need skill to fly them and many didn't have enough but thought they did. Straight tails were no better either as many of them went in also.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
On top of what is fact, having engine failure on first solo flight is just plain bad luck.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Especially on final
bentwing60
bentwing60 1
After several trips through the report, the feeling I came away with was that the NTSB and investigation board were strongly suspicious of a switch position error that may have resulted in the inadvertent shutdown of the left engine. "Extensive testing of the engines and propellers revealed no evidence of pre-impact malfunctions". Also from the report, "In its analysis, the Safety Board said, “Examination of the left engine showed the fuel shutoff valve was in the closed position, consistent with the engine being in an inoperative condition". All this in close proximity to the outer marker. Not so sure luck was the culprit, but as this is the final report, all else is unknown and ultimately unknowable. Again, a right seat containing some knowledge and experience in type is much more valuable than an empty one.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
That certainly could be the case. There is always a learning curve with different equipment. In the reverse we have seen airline captains bite the dust in a Cessna.

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