Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Beech G35, N168B: Accident occurred September 16, 2016 at Shearer USFS Airport (2U5), Kooskia, Idaho County, Idaho

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

Docket And Docket Items - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Spokane FSDO-13


NTSB Identification: GAA16CA519
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 16, 2016 in Kooskia, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/10/2017
Aircraft: BEECH G35, registration: N168B
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the pilot of the retractable landing gear airplane, his normal approach to the backcountry grass airstrip was to follow the terrain until established on a “5-10 second” final approach. The pilot recalled that there was a 5-knot tailwind at the airstrip during the approach. On final, he increased the flaps, the airspeed was 70 knots, and the airplane touched down on the approach end of the runway. He reported that he did not extend the retractable landing gear and that, following the touchdown, the airplane slid about 1,000 ft down the runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage longerons and the firewall.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or anomalies with the airframe or engine that would have prevented normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to extend the landing gear during landing.

AIRCRAFT:   1956 Beechcraft 35, N168B, Serial No. D-4453

ENGINE – Continental IO-550-B, Serial No. 814376-R

PROPELLER – Destroyed

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information)

ENGINE:   About 150 TSMOH, Overhaul was completed in February 2015 by Western Skyways

AIRFRAME:        8621              

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Gear up landing on a remote strip.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:    Damage to prop, flaps, Gear doors, exhaust and belly skins due to the gear up landing.

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:     Choice Aviation, Hamilton, MT 

REMARKS:    Aircraft was recovered by helicopter and was not disassembled.  Inspection of aircraft is highly recommended. 

Read more here:  http://www.avclaims.com/N168B.htm

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