Sunday, June 17, 2018

Cessna 402C, registered to and operated by Air Flight Inc, N322HA: Accident occurred June 14, 2018 at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (KFLL), Broward County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Accident Number: WPR18LA209
Date & Time: 06/14/2018, 1200 EDT
Registration: N322HA
Aircraft: Cessna 402
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

On June 14, 2018, about 1200 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 402C airplane, N322HA, experienced an electrical failure that resulted in a gear-up landing at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The commercial pilot and three passengers were not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage. Air Flight Inc., owned and operated the airplane under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan had been filed. The on-demand cross country flight originated from Palm Beach International Airport, West Palm Beach, Florida about 0830 and was destined for Andros Town International Airport, Fresh Creek, Bahamas.

The pilot stated that about 20 minutes into the flight, the airplane experienced a total electrical failure. The pilot maneuvered the airplane in circles while attempting to troubleshoot the problem and run through the emergency checklists. Despite his efforts, the power could not be restored. The pilot contacted the company's maintenance department and returned to the departure airport. The pilot attempted to extend the electrically-actuated hydraulic landing gear to no avail; a low pass confirmed the landing gear remained retracted. Thereafter, he attempted to use the emergency extension system by pulling the T-handle. The handle separated from its respective housing.

After speaking with the maintenance personnel, they performed several low passes and confirmed that the landing gear were still in the retracted position. The pilot opted to continue to troubleshoot the electrical problem while burning off fuel. He opted to land at Fort Lauderdale and briefed the passengers. The airplane touched down on 10R which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N322HA
Model/Series: 402 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Air Flight Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFLL, 11 ft msl
Observation Time: 1553 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 27°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 12000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)
Destination:  Fresh Creek, FN (MYAF) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 26.074444, -80.150833

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