Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Beech 95-C55, N303QB: Accident occurred January 18, 2017 at Blake Field Airport (KAJZ), Delta, 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; Salt Lake City, Utah

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Investigation Docket National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N303QB

National Transportation Safety Board -  Aviation Accident Factual Report

Location: Delta, CO
Accident Number: CEN17LA091
Date & Time: 01/18/2017, 1630 MST
Registration: N303QB
Aircraft: BEECH 95-C55
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear not configured
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 18, 2017, at 1630 mountain standard time, a Beech 95-C55, N303QB, experienced a gear-up landing at Blake Field Airport, Delta, Colorado, after the pilot was unable to extend the landing gear using normal and emergency procedures. The airplane sustained substantial damage on impact with the runway surface. The pilot was uninjured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight originated from an unknown location.

A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Pilot Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report, Form 6120.1 was not received from the pilot, who was required to complete and submit the form following email and phone requests by the NTSB Investigator-In-Charge. The pilot was also requested to provide his pilot logbook but that request was not complied with.

A post-accident disassembly examination, by a maintenance facility, of the airplane landing gearbox showed that there were three labels attached to the gearbox exterior: a "Beech Aircraft Corporation", part number "95-810017-23 ECH," serial number "94-B-479," a Beechcraft Rebuilt Part," part number "95-810017-23 ECH," serial number "94-B-479," and a "Cruiseair Aviation, Inc." with no part or serial number annotated. The examination revealed that the sector gear was against the stop "so hard" that the bolt for the stop could not be removed until the assembly half screws were removed. The sector gear teeth were partially sheared and were bound with worm gear teeth resulting in interference. Once the gear was turned past the sheared area, the assembly worked "fine."

An airplane logbook entry dated November 22, 2014 stated that at a tachometer time of 5,211.40 hours and unknown total time, the landing gear failed to electrically extend and the emergency gear handle was hard to turn for the first two turns. The landing gearbox was sent to "Cruiseair" for "repair/inspection." Gearbox, part number "95-810017-25," serial number "94-13-479," was overhauled and reinstalled. The entry states that there were no defects found when the landing gear was cycled three times, and an emergency landing gear extension was performed.

An airplane logbook entry dated July 19, 2016 stated that an airplane total time of 5,239.7 hours, the "landing gear, motor, and actuating linkage" were inspected during an annual inspection. The airplane was placed on jacks and the landing gear was cycled and an emergency landing gear extension was performed with "satisfactory results."

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 78, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Unknown
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot:  No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N303QB
Model/Series: 95-C55
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: TE-53
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/19/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5239.7 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: IO-520
Registered Owner: Pilot
Rated Power:
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: AJZ
Observation Time: 1635 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / -3°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration:  No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point:
Type of Flight Plan Filed:  None
Destination:
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Blake Field Airport (AJZ)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation:  5193 ft
Runway Surface Condition:
Runway Used: 3
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:  5598 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 38.786389, -108.063611 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA091
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in Delta, CO
Aircraft: BEECH 95-C55, registration: N303QB
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 January 18, 2017, at 1630 mountain standard time, a Beech 95-C55, N303QB, experienced a gear-up landing at Blake Field Airport, Delta, Colorado, after the pilot was unable to extend the landing gear using normal and emergency procedures. The airplane sustained substantial damage on impact with the runway surface. The pilot was uninjured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight originated from an unknown location.

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