Monday, January 23, 2017

Beechcraft E-55 Baron, Sentry Aviation, N855TE: Incident occurred January 23, 2017 at Columbia Regional Airport (KCOU), Boone County, Missouri


FAA Flight Standards District Office: ST LOUIS FSDO


Date: 23-JAN-17

Time: 20:22:00Z
Regis#: N855TE
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE55
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91


P.O. BOX 6015 COLUMBIA, MO 65205


January 23, 2017

CONTACT: Steven Sapp, Community Relations Director 

Incident at Columbia Regional Airport

(COLUMBIA, MO) - Around 2:30 pm, a Beechcraft E-55 Baron aircraft which took off from Hook Field in Texas landed with four passengers on-board without incident at Columbia Regional Airport (COU). 

Shortly after landing on runway 2-20, the aircraft turned onto taxiway B, traveled about 20 feet, and the gear then collapsed for an unknown reason. 

Airport Public Safety personnel and vehicles responded and found the four occupants unharmed and exiting the aircraft. No fire occurred. 

The aircraft was disabled in a safety area causing the closure of runway 2-20. The runway closure caused American Airline flight 3681, scheduled to depart COU to Dallas Fort-Worth at 2:31 pm to be delayed. 

Units from the Columbia Fire Department responded with airbags normally used in vehicle extrication's and technical rescues, to lift the aircraft high enough for a tug to slide a tow bar underneath it. 

Around 6:30 pm, the aircraft was towed to Central Missouri Aviation and runway 2-20 was opened. American Airlines flight 3681 was then boarded and should be departing for Dallas around 7:30 pm. 

Late evening arrivals from Dallas and Chicago should not be affected by this incident.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - UPDATE: Four people on a twin engine aircraft were left unharmed after landing gear malfunctioned Monday afternoon.

The Beechcraft E-55 Baron had arrived around 2:30 p.m. from Hook Field in Texas.

According to City of Columbia Community Relations Director Steven Sapp, the reason is still unknown as to why the aircraft's landing gear collapsed after clearing the main runway.

One flight to Dallas Fort-Worth, American Airlines 3681, was delayed until 7:30 p.m. while crews worked to remove the aircraft.

The aircraft was towed around 6:30 p.m.

ORIGINAL STORY: Emergency crews are working to clear a small private plane from the tarmac at Columbia Regional Airport on Monday night after its landing gear collapses.

A request for help from the Columbia Fire Department to help lift the plane came out around 4:15 p.m.

The aircraft had cleared the main runway, when for unknown reasons its landing gear collapsed while taxiing near Central Missouri Aviation hanger.

The number of people on board the plane or if anyone was hurt wasn't immediately clear.


Crews were working to remove a private plane from a runway Monday evening at Columbia Regional Airport after its landing gear failed.

“He had a successful landing and turned to leave the runaway and his gear collapsed,” acting Airport Manager Mike Parks said.

There were no injuries. 

Four people were in the aircraft when the gear failed at about 2:30 p.m. Monday. 

Parks said the aircraft was in the runway safety area, which kept the airport’s main runway closed.

“There’s fuel in the aircraft and a lot of dangers there so it takes a while,” Parks said.

After the plane is removed, airport staff will inspect the runway to ensure there was no damage or debris left behind from the incident. He estimated the runway would reopen by 6:30 p.m.


A private plane ended up belly down on a runway at Columbia Regional Airport yesterday after its landing gear failed. 

According to a press release from the airport, The twin engine aircraft had landed successfully, and was taxiing off the runway around 2:30 p.m. Monday when the gear failed and the plane collapsed to the ground. The four people on the plane were unharmed, and no fire occurred.

A commercial flight was delayed by about 5 hours while the plane was removed.


AIRCRAFT:   1972 Beechcraft 55, N855TE, s/n TE-867

ENGINE(S) - M&M, S/N:  Left      Continental IO-520-C7, s/n 830492-R
Right    Continental IO-520-C7, s/n 823853-R

PROPELLER(S) – M&M, S/N:       Left      Hartzell PHC-C3YF-2UF/FC7663B-2R s/n EB7084B
Right    Hartzell            PHC-C3YF-2UF/FC7663B-2R s/n EB6897B

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

ENGINE(S):   Left              ETT 640.7
Right            ETT 640.7

PROPELLER(S):    Left      PTSN 417.7    
Right    PTSN 435.7

AIRFRAME: AFTT 3502.7                     

OTHER EQUIPMENT: Aspen Engineering Evolution Primary Flight Display, PS Engineering PMA 8000A Audio Panel, Garmin GNS 530 Nav/Com, Garmin GNS 430 Nav/Com and a Garmin GTX 327 Transponder   

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  After landing the aircraft was in a left turn exiting the runway when the landing gear collapsed. The right main landing gear was the first to fold followed by the left main landing gear and the nose gear. Both engines suffered sudden stoppages.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES: All the propeller blades are curled and both engines suffered sudden stoppages. The outboard right wing is scraped. The wing step is bent and the area around the area where it attaches is wrinkled. Both in board main landing gear doors were destroyed. The hinges were broken and their attach points damaged. The inboard bulkhead of the left main landing gear well is heavily wrinkled and bent. The inboard bulkhead in the right main landing gear wheel well is also wrinkled and so is the bottom of the fuselage just inboard of it.               

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:    Columbia, MO. Columbia Regional Airport.        

REMARKS: Logbooks stored with field adjuster Kevin Good, Aviation LS. Written prior permission required from insurance company to physically inspect salvage.

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