Sunday, December 4, 2016

Embraer ERJ-175, Skywest on behalf of United, N161SY: Incident occurred December 04, 2016 at San Antonio International Airport (KSAT), Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this incident. 

Aviation Incident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA San Antonio FSDO-17

NTSB Identification: ENG17IA005
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of SKYWEST AIRLINES INC
Incident occurred Sunday, December 04, 2016 in San Antonio, TX
Aircraft: EMBRAER ERJ170 200LR, registration: N161SY
Injuries: 1 Minor, 54 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 traveled in support of this investigation and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft incident report.

On December 04, 2016, about 1453 central daylight time, N161SY, an Embraer ERJ170 200L, operated by SkyWest Airlines, experienced a collapse of the nose landing gear during rollout after landing on runway 4 at the San Antonio International Airport (KSAT), San Antonio, TX. The aircraft was originally scheduled to land at General Mariano Escobedo Int'l Airport (MMTY), Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. However, after departure from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (KIAH), Houston, Texas the crew heard a loud "thud/pop" just aft of the flight deck. Because no warnings or indications were displayed on the flight deck, the crew decided to proceed to MMTY. When the landing gear was extended on approach, the crew received warning indications regarding the landing gear position and a "LDG GEAR LEVER DISAGREE" message. The crew declared a missed approach, retracted the landing gear per the quick reference handbook (QRH) procedures, and elected to divert to KSAT. Upon entering US airspace, the crew declared an emergency and performed a flyby of the control tower to verify landing gear position. The tower confirmed that the gear appeared to be in the down position. After touchdown on runway 4, during the landing rollout the nose gear collapsed as the aircraft slowed to a stop. The crew and passengers evacuated the aircraft from the aft cabin doors via the evacuation slides. During the aircraft recovery, a failed downlock spring was found impeding the downlock operation of the nose landing gear. The downlock springs from the nose landing gear have been retained by the NTSB for further examination. The airline transport pilot and passengers was not injured. The airplane sustained minor damage. The flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight.

According to the San Antonio Fire Department, an aircraft that reported an in-flight emergency on approach to San Antonio International Airport at about 2 p.m., landed and all 55 passengers were safely evacuated from the aircraft.

According to department spokesman Woody Woodward, a flight radioed it was having problems with its landing gear on approach to the airport. 

The plane managed to get its gear down, but upon touchdown, the landing gear collapsed. 

Woodward said everyone in the aircraft was safely evacuated and that there was no fire. 

He reports several passengers complained of minor injuries and according to scanner chatter there may have been some sprained ankles. No serious injuries were reported,

It is still unknown what type of aircraft was involved. 

An eyewitness said lights and activity from emergency response vehicles could be seen on the far north side of the airport, near private hangars, not the main airport terminals.

Though air traffic controllers were overheard telling flights that the runways were closed during the emergency. 

About 3:30 p.m. the airport was opened back up to air traffic, according to air traffic control chatter. 


SAN ANTONIO - A plane made an emergency landing at San Antonio International Airport Sunday. The pilot declared an in-flight emergency after the plane began having issues with its landing gear, an official with San Antonio International Airport said.

One runways was closed closed to traffic while responders remained at the scene. People with flights in and out of the airport are urged to contact their airline.

A spokesman with San Antonio Fire Department said the plane landed without its landing gear and the nose of the aircraft collapsed. 

Fifty-five people were on board the plane, the official said. Only a few minor injuries were reported.

The emergency was declared just after 2 p.m. Sunday.

Nearly two dozen emergency units responded to the scene.


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