Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Beech King Air 90, EagleMed LLC, N1551C: Accident occurred February 14, 2017 in Rattan, Oklahoma

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
EagleMed LLC; Birmingham, Alabama 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

EagleMed LLC:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA121
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in Rattan, OK
Aircraft: BEECH C90A, registration: N1551C
Injuries: 3 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 February 14, 2017, about 1145 central standard time, a Beech C90A airplane, N1551C, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power during cruise flight near Rattan, Oklahoma. The pilot and two medical crew members on board were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by EagleMed LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 as air medical flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from the McAlester Regional Airport (MLC), McAlester, Oklahoma, at 0806. The intended destination was the Mc Curtain County Regional Airport (4O4), Idabel, Oklahoma.

The pilot reported that about 15 minutes after takeoff, while established in cruise flight at 7,000 feet mean sea level, the airplane experienced two "quick" electrical power fluctuations. The airplane subsequently lost all electrical power. Due to the associated loss of navigation capability while operating in instrument meteorological conditions, the pilot set a general course for better weather conditions as noted in the preflight weather briefing. During the effort to find a suitable hole in the clouds to descend through under visual conditions, the left engine lost power. The pilot ultimately located a field through the cloud cover and executed a single engine precautionary landing. The nose landing gear collapsed and the radome separated during the landing. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right engine mount and firewall.   

PUSHMATAHA COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) -- A plane made an emergency landing about 11:05 a.m. Tuesday in a field.

A plane made an emergency landing Tuesday near Rattan. None of the three people on board were injured.

Pushmataha County Sheriff B.J. Hedgecock said a twin engine King Air 90 plane landed east of Rattan.

According to Jim Gregory, a Med-Trans Corp. spokesperson, the plane was Med-Trans Corporation’s AirMed Regional King Air C-90 based in eastern Oklahoma. Onboard the aircraft was a pilot, nurse and paramedic,

According to Hedgecock, none of the three aboard the aircraft were injured.

According to Gregory, the plane was heading to Idabel, Okla. to pick up a patient. "Local/State Law Enforcement and 911 are on scene to secure the aircraft and ensure crew safety," Gregory said in a press release. "NTSB and FAA authorities have been notified and we are cooperating fully with the investigation."

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AIRCRAFT:  1994 Beech C90, N1551C; S/N LJ-1365

ENGINE(S):    Left Engine: Pratt & Whitney PT6A, S/N: PCE-25774

Right Engine: Pratt & Whitney PT6A S/N: PCE-25765

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

ENGINES:  Left Engine TT 7831.5 TSOH: 4265.6

Right Engine TT 7937.5 TSOH: 4371.6

AIRFRAME:  TT: 7937.5

EQUIPMENT: Avionics: L3 Sky899, Avidyne EX500, Bendix/King KGP-560 GPWS, Garmin 500W, PS PMA 7000B audio panel, APC-65 series auto pilot, EFIS 84, GDL 69, MD-835 install, Sky Connect Tracker, Collins WXR 270 Radar, TRC 899 TCAS, Dual Collins TDR-94, Collins DME-42, Collins ALT-50A Radio, Altimeter, Collins ADF-60A,                               Non-Medical Equipment: Cleveland wheels and brakes, Cleveland nose, Raisback strakes, Raisback props, Gross weight increase, BLR winglets, Frake exhaust stacks.


DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT: On February 14, 2017, N1551C experienced electrical failure while in flight. The pilot flew the aircraft in an effort to burn fuel prior to an emergency landing. Subsequently, pilot was able to manually extend the gear down after some time. However, by this time the aircraft suffered fuel starvation and had a forced landing in a pasture.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES: See photos and Damage Report.

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Air Salvage of Dallas   

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