Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Beech 76 Duchess, N66340: Accident occurred July 09, 2018 at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE), Broward County, Florida

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

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

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


Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Accident Number: GAA18CA406
Date & Time: 07/09/2018, 1520 EDT
Registration: N66340
Aircraft: Beech 76
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area undershoot
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The flight instructor reported that he asked the commercial pilot rated student to simulate a power-off emergency landing with a 180ยบ turn to the runway and directed her to "lower the gear when landing was assured." After initiating the power off approach, the student turned the airplane from the downwind leg onto the base leg of the traffic pattern and extended the landing gear. The sink rate increased, and she attempted to correct with full engine power, but the decent continued. The airplane landed short of the runway and struck a ground lighting system. She then initiated a go-around and landed without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

The instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 080° at 8 knots. The airplane landed on runway 09.

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/26/2015
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 16000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 14000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 38, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s):
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s):
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/07/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N66340
Model/Series: 76 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: ME-241
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/01/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3900 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines:  2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O&VO-360 SER
Registered Owner: Air Con
Rated Power:
Operator: Air Con
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFXE, 14 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1916 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 214°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 80°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Moderate - Thunderstorms - No Precipitation
Departure Point: Fort Lauderdale, FL (FXE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Fort Lauderdale, FL (FXE)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1510 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Fort Lauderdale Executive (FXE)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 13 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: 09
IFR Approach: Unknown
Runway Length/Width: 6002 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Simulated Forced Landing 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 26.197222, -80.170833 (est)

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