Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Beechcraft B-200 King Air, N363JH, registered to and was operated by Bering Air Inc: Accident occurred October 21, 2017 at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (PANC), Anchorage, Alaska

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration Polaris Certificate Management Office; Anchorage, Alaska
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska
Transportation Safety Board of Canada; Gatineau, QC
Pratt & Whitney Canada (Technical Advisor); Saint-Hubert, QC

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

Bering Air Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N363JH

Location: Anchorage, AK
Accident Number: ANC18LA005
Date & Time: 10/21/2017, 0536 AKD
Registration: N363JH
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled - Air Medical (Medical Emergency)

On October 21, 2017, about 0536 Alaska daylight time, a Textron Aviation (formerly Raytheon Aircraft Company) Beech B200 airplane, N363JH, sustained substantial damage following an unintentional gear-up landing at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (PANC), Anchorage, Alaska. The certificated airline transport pilot, 2 flight medics, and one patient sustained no injuries. The airplane was registered to and was operated by Bering Air, Inc., Nome, Alaska as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 instrument flight rules air ambulance flight, operating as Medevac 363JH. Dark night, visual meteorological conditions were present at the time of the accident and flight following procedures were utilized by the operator. The airplane departed from the Nome Airport, Nome, Alaska, about 0320.

The pilot reported that the purpose of the flight was to transport a patient to a medical treatment facility in Anchorage. He said that as the flight approached Anchorage, the Anchorage Air Route Traffic Control Center specialist on duty handed the flight over to Anchorage Approach Control, which cleared him to descend to 6,000 ft mean sea level (msl) followed with a vector heading and a descent clearance to 2,000 ft msl. As the flight descended through about 4,000 feet msl, he visually confirmed that the airport was in sight, and requested a visual approach. He reported the air traffic controller didn't respond to his initial request, and he requested a visual approach again. The controller responded back with a vector for the instrument landing system (ILS) runway 7R approach. The pilot reported his groundspeed was about 210 knots indicated, he joined the final approach course, and was cleared to land. He reported he believes he was given a vector heading that was too close to the final approach fix and the airplane went through the final approach fix. The pilot then received another heading and he re-established himself on the final approach course.

According to the pilot, as the airplane continued on the ILS 7R approach, he began to configure the airplane for landing by selecting the appropriate approach wing flaps setting, and he believed he selected the landing gear selector to the down position. However, he failed to confirm that the landing gear position-indicator lights showed "three green" indicting the landing gear was down, locked, and safe for landing. The pilot said that during touchdown with the landing gear not extended, the airplane's belly-mounted cargo pod contacted the runway, and the airplane began to veer to the right of the runway centerline. The 4 blade Hartzell propeller assemblies for each engine separated about midspan due to runway impact damage. The left side forward fuselage sustained minor damage from various separated propeller blade debris impacts. The airplane came to rest on the right side of the runway, and the occupants egressed without further incident.

A National Transportation Safety Board air safety investigator responded to the accident site, arriving about 1 hour after the accident. During a postaccident on scene inspection of the accident airplane, the landing gear selector was found in the down position.

The pilot reported in a written statement on October 24, that fatigue played a role with the landing gear up accident as he felt clear and alert at the beginning of the flight, but his alertness began to diminish at the beginning of the arrival phase of the flight.

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The airplane was recovered and transported to secure location for a comprehensive damage assessment. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right engine mount system. Both Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-41 turboprop engines are pending disassembly for an internal damage assessment.

The airplane was not equipped with a cockpit voice recorder system or a flight data recorder system, nor were either required.

The closest official weather observation station is the PANC. At 0553, a METAR was reporting, in part, wind 360° at 7 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; clouds and ceiling 5,500 ft few, 7,500 ft broken; temperature 23° F; dew point 10° F; altimeter 29.28 inches of Mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: TEXTRON AVIATION
Registration: N363JH
Model/Series: B200
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No 
Operator: Bering Air, Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Rotorcraft External Load (133); On-demand Air Taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night/Dark
Observation Facility, Elevation: PANC, 132 ft msl
Observation Time: 1353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -5°C / -12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots, 360°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.28 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: NOME, AK (OME)
Destination: Anchorage, AK (ANC)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 61.167778, -150.001944 (est)

A runway at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was closed for hours Saturday after a small plane's landing gear collapsed.

The Beechcraft B-200 King Air was operated by Bering Air and was on a medevac flight from Nome to Anchorage, said Clint Johnson, chief of the Alaska regional office of the National Transportation Safety Board. It was carrying a patient and two attendants along with the pilot, he said.

"The airplane ended up basically on its belly," Johnson said. "The gear collapsed on landing."

There were no injuries from the landing, Johnson said, and the patient was transported to the hospital, which was where the patient was heading anyway, Johnson said.

"We're in the process of determining the extent of the damage" to the plane, he said.

The runway in question — the airport's southernmost runway that runs east to west — was closed around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, said airport operations officer John Stocker. The runway was cleared and open by about 2 p.m. Saturday, said airport operations duty officer Bev Sinnott.

Stocker said the airport redirected other aircraft to a different runway during the closure.

"My understanding, from the air traffic control folks, is that we haven't had any slowdowns," he said.

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