Friday, March 3, 2017

Cessna 340A, Southern Aircraft Consultancy Inc. Trustee, N340DW: Accident occurred March 02, 2017 at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE), Broward County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miramar, Florida 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Southern Aircraft Consultancy Inc. Trustee:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA121

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, March 02, 2017 in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 340, registration: N340DW
Injuries: 1 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 March 2, 2017, about 1034 eastern standard time, a privately owned and operated Cessna 340A, N340DW, was substantially damaged when the landing gear collapsed during landing at the Fort Lauderda
le Executive Airport (FXE), Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The airline transport pilot was not injured. The local flight departed FXE about 0930. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the post maintenance test flight, which was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, the purpose of the flight was to perform a post maintenance check. He departed FXE to the northwest, and performed "maneuvers and aircraft systems checks" before returning to FXE. On approach for runway 9, he observed a "three-green landing gear down indication." During the landing roll, the left main landing gear collapsed, the left propeller struck the runway, and the airplane veered off the left side of the runway and came to rest in the grass.

Examination of the airplane by an FAA inspector revealed that the airplane had been substantially damaged. The left wing aft spar was bent, the left wing tip tank, wing flaps, and leading edge were impact damaged, and the left propeller blade tips were curled back.

The pilot stated that the airplane had previously experienced a landing gear collapse, had undergone repairs, and this was the first flight since those repairs.

According to airplane maintenance records, the airplane had undergone extensive maintenance in December of 2015, including replacement of the left aileron, left inboard and outboard flaps, and removal, inspection, and servicing of all three landing gear. According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Inspector, FAA records indicated the landing gear collapse occurred in the Bahamas, on April 21, 2014. The airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on January 19, 2017. At the time of the inspection, the airplane had accrued 3,977 total hours of operation.

The wreckage was retained by the NTSB for further examination.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A small plane has reportedly skidded off the runway at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Thursday morning.

According to Fort Lauderdale Police, the Cessna 340 plane had just touched down when its left main landing gear collapsed.

A couple who was nearby the scene described what they saw. “Obviously, one wheel isn’t in the proper position,” said the unnamed man. “All I know is what I heard from you, that the wheel came up when he landed. It’s sad because it’s quite a bit of damage.”

Police said only the pilot was on-board the aircraft, and no injuries were reported.

Fire trucks arrived to the scene as a precaution, but no fire began as a result of the rough landing.

One runway at the airport is closed until the aircraft can be towed to a nearby hangar. A second runway is open for departing flights only at this time.

The FAA remains on the scene to investigate.

Story and video:

Authorities responded after a small plane skidded off the runway at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Thursday morning.

The Cessna 340A was landing around 10:45 a.m. when its left main landing gear collapsed, officials said.

Footage showed the twin-engine plane in a grassy area off the runway.

Officials said the pilot was the only person on board and that there were no injuries.

Two runways were closed until the plane could be brought to a hangar.


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