Saturday, September 2, 2017

Cessna 310G, registered to and operated by Zero Energy Aviation LLC, N8957Z: Accident occurred September 01, 2017 at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC), Broomfield, Colorado

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

Additional Participating Entity 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms 
 
http://registry.faa.gov/N8957Z


Location: Broomfield, CO
Accident Number: CEN17LA340
Date & Time: 09/01/2017, 1515 MDT
Registration: N8957Z
Aircraft: CESSNA 310G
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On September 1, 2017, about 1515 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 310G airplane, N8957Z, sustained substantial fuselage damage during a landing gear collapse while landing on runway 30R at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC), near Broomfield, Colorado. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Zero Energy Aviation, LLC under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a training flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on a visual flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from the Boulder Municipal Airport (BDU), Boulder, Colorado, about 1315 and the intended destination was the Greeley-Weld County Airport (GXY), Greeley, Colorado.

The pilot reported that during approach to GXY, he lowered the landing gear and noted a that the green gear-down indicator illuminated. Upon touchdown, he felt a "mushy feeling" and aborted the landing, leaving the landing gear in the down position. He noted that the gear-down indicator was still illuminated. He attempted another landing with the same result and initiated another aborted landing, again leaving the landing gear in the down position. At this time neither the red gear-up light nor the green gear-down light were illuminated.

The pilot left the landing gear in the down position and proceeded toward BDU, which was the airplane's home base. He attempted to contact ground personnel at BDU to assist in verifying the landing gear position. There was no response on the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF), and he elected to contact the air traffic control tower (ATCT) at BJC. After establishing communication with BJC ATCT, he performed several fly bys of the tower and tower personnel confirmed that the right main landing gear was not fully extended. After making another attempt to lower the landing gear using the emergency checklist, the pilot landed on runway 30R. During the touchdown, the landing gear collapsed.

According to the pilot, maintenance personnel found that the pushrod extending from the gear motor to the right main landing gear was found bent. The reason for the bent pushrod was not determined.

Federal Aviation Administration records indicated that the pilot held a private pilot certificate with an airplane single engine land rating. He did not hold a multiengine rating. The airplane was a twin-engine retractable-gear airplane. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/16/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 
Flight Time:  13842 hours (Total, all aircraft), 7259 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N8957Z
Model/Series: 310G G
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1962
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 310G0057
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/30/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4993 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 80 Hours
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4035 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-470 -D
Registered Owner: ZERO ENERGY AVIATION LLC
Rated Power: 260 hp
Operator: ZERO ENERGY AVIATION LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: BJC, 5673 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2135 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 15000 ft agl
Visibility: 20 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 30°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: BOULDER, CO (BDU)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: GREELEY, CO (GXY)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1315 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: ROCKY MOUNTAIN METROPOLITAN (BJC)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 5673 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 30R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 9000 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  Precautionary Landing 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None

Latitude, Longitude: 39.908889, -105.117222

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA340
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 01, 2017 in Broomfield, CO
Aircraft: CESSNA 310G, registration: N8957Z
Injuries: 2 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 September 1, 2017, about 1515 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 310 airplane, N8957Z, sustained substantial fuselage damage during a landing gear collapse during landing on runway 30R at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport(BJC), near Broomfield, Colorado. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The aircraft was registered to and operated by Zero Energy Aviation, LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a training flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from the Boulder Municipal Airport(BDU), Boulder, Colorado, about 1315.




BROOMFIELD, Colo. (CBS4) – A pilot and his trainee say they’re lucky to be alive after putting their plane down at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport without the landing gear working properly.

Davide Picard was doing training with his co-pilot. The two had gone to Greeley because of the long runway, but during the first landing attempt Picard felt a problem.

“I land on the gear, before I load put load onto it, I feel for it, and it didn’t feel right,” Picard said. “I knew right away we had a collapsed main.”

Picard tried another landing, then flew to Boulder and tried two more landings but felt the right side continue to give out.

“Then I knew I had to go to Jeffco (RMMA) and we were going to ditch this plane,” Picard said. “I knew landing in the grass if anything would be way better.”

The two flew the plane until it had just a few drops of fuel left. On the final approach the right engine ran out of fuel.

“I’m trying to just come in as slow as possible. I touchdown on the left felt it, touched again, and then boom it collapsed but see how I lifted the wing. The fuel is all in those tanks, had I scraped those, boom like a bomb,” Picard told CBS4.

“And realizing that wow this worked, it all worked,” he said.

Picard is getting his plane inspected but expects it to be totaled. He hopes the Cessna 310G is salvageable so he can rebuild the plane he’s flown in almost daily since 1982.

Story and video ➤ http://denver.cbslocal.com



A pilot made an emergency landing Friday afternoon after his plane's landing gear malfunctioned at an airport in Broomfield, firefighters said.

"Hats off to the pilot who safely landed at Rocky Mtn Metro Airport after his landing gear malfunctioned," North Metro Fire said in a Tweet. "No injuries to pilot or passenger."

Sara Farris with North Metro said that the pilot radioed about his troubles and told the tower he was going to belly land the plane - which he did successfully. The plane is a Cessna 310G.

Brian Bishop with the airport said this pilot did everything right: he slowed the plane down, shut off the engine right before landing and caused only minimal damage to the plane. 

Story and video ➤ http://www.9news.com

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