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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA074
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in Lancaster, PA
Aircraft: RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT COMPANY 58, registration: N600RV
Injuries: 4 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.
The pilot of the multiengine retractable landing gear airplane reported that during takeoff, two deer ran onto the runway as the airplane became airborne and that he heard and felt one of the deer hit the left main landing gear. He further reported that he diverted to an airport with an operating control tower, where he performed two passes in front of the tower, and was informed by tower personnel that it "appeared" that the left main landing gear was no longer "attached to the airplane". The pilot reported that he decided the best course of action was to land with the landing gear retracted, and on short final he moved the mixture controls to idle cut off, feathered the propellers, and turned both fuel selectors off. The airplane landed gear up and all persons on board evacuated immediately.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.
In an email exchange with the Director of Operations of the flight company, he reported that there were no reported mechanical anomalies with the airframe or engine prior to the deer impact.
The Federal Aviation Administration Chart Supplement airport page for the departure airport in part states: "Deer and large flocks of geese on and invof [in the vicinity of] arpt."
An airplane carrying four people struck a deer during takeoff from a suburban Philadelphia airport before making an emergency landing at Lancaster Airport Tuesday morning.
No one was injured in the second incident at Lancaster Airport in less than six weeks.
The pilot Tuesday landed after the twin engine aircraft's landing gear either became stuck and wouldn't go down or was knocked off.
The pilot reported striking a deer with the plane's left main gear as it took off from Wings Field Airport in Blue Bell, Montgomery County, earlier in the day, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and David Eberly, the airport's director. That's about 55 miles east of the Lancaster Airport.
Eberly said the plane, a Beechcraft BE58 based out of Lancaster Airport, had flown to Wings Field to pick up and take passengers to Pittsburgh.
But when the plane hit the deer, "they knew they had a serious problem," he said.
The pilot knew the Lancaster Airport had a rescue truck and and emergency crews, he decided to return to Lancaster, Eberly said. Wings Field doesn't have that kind of equipment on hand, he said.
That also gave the airport's tower crew and the plane's mechanics time to prepare, even looking at the plane's manuals to see what might be done, Eberly said.
The decision was made to land the plane on its belly. Eberly said he understood the landing gear on the left side was knocked off.
"The plane landed right on the numbers," Eberly said. It landed about 8:35 a.m.
"It was a perfect landing for him," an official was heard saying over county radio at the time.
The plane had some minor damage to its underside and propellers, according to Eberly. The runway was not damaged.
Firefighters and ambulances had responded around 7:45 a.m. in advance of the landing.
The plane is owned by Aero-Tech Services Inc., according to the Federal Aviation Administration registry. It was built in 1998.
Aero-Tech has locations at Lancaster Airport and Smoketown Airport. Its services include aerobatics, aircraft management and sales and flight training. It also offers charter flights.
A message left seeking comment from Aero-Tech wasn't immediately returned.
The airport was reopened quickly because several airplanes delayed by the incident were waiting to land.
The Federal Aviation Administration said it will investigate, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident.
On Sept. 16, a Cessna P210 carrying a flight instructor and student "was substantially damaged following collapse of the main landing gear during landing," according to a preliminary investigation report by the NTSB. No one was injured.
The Lancaster Airport has about 100,000 take-offs and landings yearly, Eberly said.