Monday, April 10, 2017

Cessna 414, Aeromack LLC, N56H: Accident occurred April 07, 2017 at Fulton County Airport (KFTY), Atlanta, Georgia

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

Additional Participating Entity:  
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:
Aeromack LLC:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA151
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 07, 2017 in Atlanta, GA
Aircraft: CESSNA 414, registration: N56H
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 April 7, 2017, at 1250 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 414, N56H, was substantially damaged while attempting to land at Fulton County Airport-Brown Field (FTY), Atlanta, Georgia. The airline transport pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to Aeromack LLC and operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed near the accident site at the time of the accident, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed and active for the flight, which originated from McKinnon St Simons Island Airport (SSI), Brunswick, Georgia.

The pilot stated that while at 400 ft on a 1-mile final to runway 32 at FTY, a multiengine airplane was cleared onto the runway in front of him. This occurred at a point in the approach when the pilot normally would have completed his final pre-landing checklist/call-out, which consisted of checking the fuel, flaps for approach, landing gear down, and approach stabilized. The pilot also stated that the winds were "howling" with gusts to 25 knots. He stated that the other airplane on the runway was a "distraction" and that he did not "remember doing my usual call outs."

The pilot continued his approach as the other airplane cleared the runway. During landing, the pilot felt the airplane settle and he attempted to pull up, but the airplane continued to descend onto the runway. He heard what sounded like "tires screeching" followed by the fuselage scraping along the runway. When the airplane came to a stop, the pilot reported that the landing gear handle was in the down position and the circuit breaker was in the off position.

A Federal Aviation Administration Inspector examined the airplane after the accident,t and confirmed that both engines and propellers were damaged. The underside of the fuselage was also structurally damaged. In addition, the landing gear doors exhibited abrasion through their entire thickness.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

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