Tuesday, November 1, 2016

North American TB-25N Mitchell, American Airpower Heritage Museum, N25YR: Accident occurred October 29, 2016 near Dallas Executive Airport (KRBD), Texas


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Dallas FSDO-05

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA033
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Dallas, TX
Aircraft: NORTH AMERICAN TB 25N, registration: N25YR
Injuries: 9 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On October 29, 2016, about 1730 central daylight time, a North American TB-25N airplane, was damaged when the left inboard landing gear door separated in flight. The airline transport rated pilot, airline transport rated co-pilot, and seven passengers were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by American Airpower Heritage Fly Museum, Dallas, Texas, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an airshow flight. The local flight departed from the Dallas Executive Airport (RBD), Dallas, Texas, about 1500 and landed at RBD about 1545. 

According to the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the left inboard landing gear door separated from its attachment point while in flight and impacted the nacelle and then the left horizontal stabilizer and elevator. The landing gear door was found in a field about 1.5 miles from RBD. 

The airplane has been retained for further examination. 

The Aviation Administration is acknowledging a piece of debris that fell off an aircraft at the Wings Over Dallas airshow Saturday.

"It appears that when the landing gear was lowered, it sheared a pin holding the door, which came loose and detached," said Dallas Aviation Director Mark Duebner, in a letter to a concerned neighbor. "The piece was aircraft aluminum and was approximately one foot by five feet and weighed about 10 pounds."

The FAA is investigating.

"It appears to be an unpreventable incident," said Duebner. "We do feel confident all safety measures are being followed and are similar to other air shows.

City Councilman Casey Thomas, who represents Dallas' Red Bird neighborhood, met with aviation officials on the final day of the show.

"All precautions that are possible have been made and I was assured that this was a one time type of situation," said Thomas. "Just know that we are always concerned, first and foremost, about the safety of our residents in the area."

Thomas is in support of bringing back the air show to Dallas Executive Airport next year, but some homeowners want the city to reevaluate plans.

"I don't think I'm in support of it. Not after a huge piece fell next door to my house," said Theresa Enriquez. "It's dangerous. Every person on this street has kids and they're always playing outside."

A Commemorative Air Force spokesperson acknowledged the incident in a statement to NBC 5.

"We have retrieved the part. It detached when the aircraft was landing. There were no injuries and the aircraft landed safely," said CAF VP of Marketing Leah Block.

Story and video:   http://www.nbcdfw.com

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