Monday, February 12, 2018

Beech B-60, N6033C, DCM Aircraft LLC: Incident occurred February 09, 2018 at Friedman Memorial Airport (KSUN), Hailey, Blaine County, Idaho

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise

Nose gear collapse on landing.

DCM Aircraft LLC:

Date: 09-FEB-18
Time: 16:20:00Z
Regis#: N6033C
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: B 60
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONEN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
State: IDAHO

Friedman Memorial Airport was closed for about 50 minutes on Friday, Feb. 9, after the front landing gear of a twin-engine propeller plane collapsed after the plane landed. There were no injuries.

According to airport Manager Chris Pomeroy, the nosewheel of a Beechcraft Duke collapsed around 9:20 a.m. after the plane had landed and was “rolling out after a long distance.” Pomeroy wrote in an email that first responders from the Hailey Fire Department were at the scene in less than a minute, but that the pilot—the plane’s lone occupant—was uninjured.

Aircraft incidents typically prompt a response from the Hailey Fire Department, Wood River Fire & Rescue and the Bellevue Fire Department. Hailey Fire Chief Craig Aberbach, who is also Wood River Fire & Rescue’s assistant chief, said he was near the airport when the call was paged out, and he was the first to arrive on scene. When he saw that the pilot wasn’t injured and the plane had no fluid leakage, he said, he alerted other agencies that they did not need to respond.

The airport removed the aircraft with a crane, Pomeroy wrote, and no commercial flights were affected by the approximately 50-minute runway closure. There were “only a few delays to general aviation aircraft,” he wrote.

Though the cause of the landing gear failure is under investigation by the FAA, Pomeroy wrote, the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board ruled the event an “incident,” not an accident, “based on the minor nature of the event.”

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