Sunday, November 22, 2015

Cessna 441, N441TN : Incident occurred November 22, 2015 at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport (KRMG), Rome, Floyd County, Georgia



Date: 22-NOV-15 
Time:  17:00:00Z
Regis#:  N441TN
Aircraft Make:  CESSNA
Aircraft Model:  441
Event Type:  Incident
Highest Injury:  None
Damage:  Unknown
Flight Phase:  LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Atlanta FSDO-11
City:  ROME
State:  Georgia

Six people and two dogs are fine after the twin-engine turboprop plane they were in had trouble with its nose gear and the pilot had to make an emergency landing at Richard B. Russell Airport Sunday afternoon, officials said.

According to Rome Floyd Fire Department Battalion Chief Gene Proctor, several engines and a fire truck heavy rescue unit responded to the airport after receiving a call that the plane was in distress and could not get its nose gear down. 

“They circled the airport a few times to use up fuel so there would be less in the tank,” Proctor said. “We were there, ready, in case something happened and we had to act quickly to remove the passengers,” he said.

The pilot managed to land the aircraft, with both propellers hitting the asphalt, throwing up shrapnel, he added. The plane was able to slide to a stop.

“The shrapnel did hit the fuselage, but it did not get into the fuel tank,” Proctor said. “No one was hurt, they were shaken up, but they had their belts on.”

The group flew out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, but Proctor does not know where they were heading, he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the accident, Proctor said. 

The National Transportation Safety Board will not have to investigate because there were no injuries.

“Anything like that has to be investigated, just like a policeman would investigate an auto wreck,” he explained. “The FAA makes sure it was not due to pilot error and find out what went wrong with the aircraft and what can be done to prevent it in the future.”


UPDATE: In response to an email from WRGA, the FAA has issued the following statement:

"A Cessna C441 aircraft landed with its nose gear in the stowed position at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport in Rome, GA at about 12:30 pm today. The FAA will investigate."

FAA officials did not have departure information. 


From staff reports

Six people and two dogs are ok after a Cessna 441 Conquest II twin engine turboprop plane that was experiencing trouble with its nose gear made an emergency landing at Richard B. Russell Airport on Sunday, officials said.

According to Battalion Chief Gene Proctor of the Rome Floyd Fire Department, emergency officials received a call that plane was in distress and could not get its nose gear down. The plane was not scheduled to land at Richard B. Russell.

The pilot was told to circle the airport a few times to get rid of most of the fuel to minimize any fire from the landing.

The pilot managed to get his wheels down and both propellers made contact with the asphalt and sharapnel started flying. 

Some of the shrapnel did make contact with the fuselage but none of it made it back into the fuel tank, Proctor said.

The nose hit the asphalt and was able to slide to a stop. Firefighters evacuated the six passengers and the dogs. The passengers and pilot were not from Northwest Georgia. 

“They were just shaken up, none of them injured, just really frightened,” Proctor said. “The pilot did an excellent job bringing the aircraft down.”

We have left a message with FAA officials for more information on the aircraft.

NTSB officials were unaware of the crash and said they usually do not get involved unless there is significant damage or injuries.

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