Monday, April 23, 2018

Caribbean Sun Airlines Inc., dba World Atlantic Airlines, McDonnell Douglas MD-83, N807WA: Accident occurred April 20, 2018 at Alexandria International Airport (KAEX), Rapides Parish, Louisiana

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Alexandria, LA
Accident Number: DCA18FA144
Date & Time: 04/20/2018, 1935 UTC
Registration: N807WA
Aircraft: MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC 9 83(MD-83)
Injuries: 101 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 121: Air Carrier - Non-scheduled

On April 20, 2018, at about 1420 central daylight time, a Caribbean Sun Airlines Inc., dba World Atlantic Airlines, MD83, N807WA, right main landing gear failed during the landing roll at Alexandria International Airport (KAEX), Alexandria, Louisiana. Due to the gear failure, the right wing dragged on the runway creating a friction fire which was quickly put out by the airport rescue and firefighting personnel. The airplane was substantially damaged and there were no injuries to the 101 passengers and crew aboard. The L1 emergency slide did not deploy during the evacuation. The flight was operating under 14 CFR Part 121 as a domestic passenger flight from Chicago-O'Hare International Airport (KORD), Chicago, Illinois, to KAEX.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N807WA
Model/Series: DC 9 83(MD-83) 83
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Caribbean Sun Airlines Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Supplemental
Operator Does Business As: World Atlantic Airways
Operator Designator Code: 2WAA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAEX
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.25 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Chicago, IL (KORD)
Destination: Alexandria, LA (KAEX) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 7 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 94 None
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 101 None
Latitude, Longitude: 31.327500, -92.545278 (est)

An MD-80 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aircraft carrying 101 passengers made an emergency landing Friday afternoon at Alexandria International Airport.

Executive Director Jon Grafton said the aircraft, operated by World Atlantic Airlines in support of ICE, declared an in-flight emergency regarding a suspect landing gear at about 2:45 p.m. Friday. Grafton said the aircraft landed safely on runway 14 and traveled about 6,000 feet down the runway when the right landing gear collapsed. 

"Since they had declared an emergency, the emergency response crew was ready and on the scene immediately," Grafton said.

There were no reported injuries of any passengers or crew members.

Grafton said that as of Friday afternoon the plane is resting at the 32 end of the 14/32 runway, which is closed. The 18/36 runway remains open, and Grafton said there is no impact to commercial or private aviation and the airport is open for flights.

Grafton said standard incident protocols will be followed regarding notifying the Federal Aviation Administration and other airline safety agencies.

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (AEX) - A U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement jet carrying 101 people was forced to make an emergency landing at Alexandria International Airport Friday afternoon.

According to England Airpark Executive Director Jon Grafton, the crew of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 operated by World Atlantic in support of ICE called in an emergency approach around 2:45 p.m. Grafton said that the plane was having a problem with landing gear as it came in on Runway 14. It then traveled another 6,000 feet to the 32 end of the runway before it suffered a collapse of the right landing gear.

By that time, AEX’s Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting team had mobilized and was able to help the 101 passengers and crew safely leave the plane. ARFF then proceeded to foam the plane’s right wing.

Grafton said that the plane is resting on the 32 end of the runway, but that Runway 18-36 remains open to commercial and general aviation.

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