Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Cessna 402B, N836GW, F/V Theresa Madeline Inc: Accident occurred September 13, 2017 at Nantucket Memorial Airport (KACK), Massachusetts

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Burlington, Massachusetts

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

F/V Theresa Madeline Inc:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA329
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in Nantucket, MA
Aircraft: CESSNA 402, registration: N836GW
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 13, 2017, about 0723 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 402B, N836GW, was substantially damaged during a rejected takeoff at the Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK), Nantucket, Massachusetts. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was being operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the flight that was originating at the time of the accident, and was destined for Barnstable Municipal Airport-Boardman/Polando Field Airport, Hyannis, Massachusetts.

The pilot stated that he had completed his routine "takeoff flow" confirmed by the airplane before takeoff checklist, and was then cleared to takeoff. The airplane accelerated to between 90 and 95 knots, and he began to rotate. The airplane achieved a positive rate of climb and the pilot retracted the landing gear; however, after becoming airborne he was fighting with the controls to keep the airplane from a nose-down attitude. The pilot used manual trim and verified the autopilot was not engaged; however, the nose-down tendency continued. He rejected the takeoff and executed an emergency landing on the remaining portion of the runway.

Postaccident examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that with the elevator in a neutral position, the elevator trim tab was extended approximately 24° tab trailing edge up (airplane nose-down), and the elevator trim indicator in the cockpit depicted a nose-up trim condition. Further examination of the airplane revealed the elevator trim tab push-pull rod was separated from the actuator, but remained connected at the elevator trim tab. A drilled bolt was recovered from inside the horizontal stabilizer; however, the associated washer, castellated nut, and cotter pin were not located. The elevator trim tab actuator, elevator trim tab push-pull rod, and drilled bolt were retained for further examination.

NANTUCKET — One person suffered minor injuries after a reported problem with a private plane’s landing gear at the Nantucket Memorial Airport, according to state police.

State police were on scene at the airport Wednesday morning and tweeted that it was reported the plane’s landing gear had collapsed.

Trooper Dustin Fitch said the one person on the plane suffered minor injuries.

Airport officials reported there was an incident with an aircraft departing from one of the runways at 7:24 a.m. Wednesday and that an emergency drill that was scheduled to take place later in the morning was cancelled, “while we respond to real world emergency.”

Because airport staff were present to stage the multi-agency drill “response was swift and aided accident response and recovery,” Assistant Airport Manager Noah Karberg wrote in an email.

“A twin engine piston plane departing ACK RW24 appears to have aborted a takeoff with one person board,” Karberg wrote. “Airport emergency personnel responded to the scene. The pilot was evaluated by medical personnel and subsequently released.”

The plane was being removed and the runway was expected to be reopened again at noon, Karberg wrote.

Passengers were instructed to contact their carriers for more information about flights.

Original article can be found here ➤

(Sept. 13, 2017: update 10:16 a.m.) Nantucket Memorial Airport was closed around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning after a twin-engine private plane’s landing gear apparently collapsed on takeoff, leaving debris on the runway.

The pilot – the only person on board – was evaluated by responding emergency-medical technicians, but refused transport to Nantucket Cottage Hospital, according to Nantucket Fire Department radio transmissions.

No fire was reported.

The type of plane was not immediately known. 

The incident occurred less than two hours before the start of a scheduled disaster training drill at the airport.

Airport environmental coordinator Noah Karberg said the response was particularly fast since many emergency personnel were already at the airport due to the drill, which was canceled.

Original article can be found here ➤

NANTUCKET, Mass. - As Nantucket Airport geared up for a disaster drill Wednesday morning, an actual plane crash happened.

According to the airport, a Cessna aircraft came down hard while attempting to take off during from the airport shortly before 7:30 a.m. Only the pilot was on board at the time.

The FAA has launched an investigation. 

But a quick glance at the airport’s twitter account revealed extensive warnings that the airport would be closed for a large scale disaster drill.

Mere minutes after a drill tweet Wednesday morning, the airport followed up with “A real word Alert 3 in progress … repeat this is not the drill.”

The Nantucket Enquirer reported a plane’s landing gear failed, leaving debris on the runway.

According to FAA guidelines, an ‘Alert 3’ indicates a plane has crashed at or near the airport and can indicate a landing gear failure; though it does not specify the level of damage or injuries. 

The airport remained closed during the incident.

Original article can be found here ➤

The Nantucket Memorial Airport was closed down Wednesday morning due to an emergency situation involving a private plane.

Nantucket police said that a twin engine aircraft had taken off and landed back down hard around 7:24 a.m.

Police said that the male pilot was seen standing outside of the aircraft. Nobody else was on board during the incident. 

The pilot was taken to a local hospital for his minor injuries, according to state police.

The airport was reopened later in morning.

Original article can be found here ➤

The Nantucket Memorial Airport closed Wednesday morning due to "an incident with an aircraft," according to the airport.

In a series of tweets sent around 7:30 a.m., the airport announced it was closed and that a "Real world Alert 3" was in progress. 

A third tweet announced there had been an incident with an aircraft at approximately 7:24 a.m. and emergency response actions were underway. It is unclear what the incident is at this time. 

Massachusetts State Police said state troopers were also assisting in the response at Nantucket Airport Wednesday morning.

The small airport on the isolated island off of Cape Cod has been around for nearly a century. Today it carries seven airlines, including Cape Air, JetBlue, United, Delta and American Airlines, with destinations mainly to Boston, New York, New Jersey and Washington D.C. 

Original article can be found here ➤

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