Sunday, August 26, 2018

Beech 58 Baron, N9132S: Accident occurred May 24, 2017 at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field (KAGS), Richmond County, Georgia

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

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http://registry.faa.gov/N9132S

Location: Augusta, GA
Accident Number: ERA17LA189
Date & Time: 05/24/2017, 0100 EDT
Registration: N9132S
Aircraft: BEECH 58
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear not configured
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

On May 24, 2017, about 0100 eastern daylight time, a Beechcraft BE-58, N9132S, was substantially damaged during a gear-up landing at Augusta Regional Airfield (AGS), Augusta, Georgia. The commercial pilot was not injured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed. The on-demand cargo flight departed Chicago Executive Airport (PWK), Chicago, Illinois, was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135.

The pilot stated he departed on a personal flight at 0715. Later in the day, he accepted a Part 135 flight with an expected departure time of 1630, but the departure was delayed until 2000. The pilot stated that while on approach he did not extend the landing gear at the final approach fix, which was standard procedure, and he failed to confirm a safe landing gear indication before landing. He reported that their no mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. He also reported that he was fatigued, and his attempts to contact the fixed base operator during approach distracted him.

On scene examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the wing ribs and stringers.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land, airplane multiengine land, and instrument airplane. His most recent FAA second class medical certificate was issued August 11, 2016. The pilot reported 14,000 total hours of flight experience, of which 6,000 hours were in the accident airplane make and model.

The six-seat, low-wing, retractable tricycle-gear airplane was manufactured in 1976 and was powered by two Continental, IO-520, 285-horsepower engines. The airplane's most recent inspection was completed on May 9, 2017, at 13,247 total aircraft hours.

At 0053, recorded weather at AGS included an overcast ceiling at 700 feet, calm wind, and 10 miles of visibility. The temperature was 21° C, the dew point was 20° C, and the altimeter setting was 29.69 inches of mercury.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Private
Age: 71, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/11/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/01/2017
Flight Time:   14000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 6000 hours (Total, this make and model), 11000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 130 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 50 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BEECH
Registration: N9132S
Model/Series: 58 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1976
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: TH-724
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/09/2017, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 5503 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 13247.6 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO 520-CB
Registered Owner: SLEGERS JOHN E
Rated Power: 285 hp
Operator: GERLACH AND ASSOCIATES LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As: Midwest Airlink
Operator Designator Code: M4RA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAGS, 148 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0453 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 160°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 700 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.69 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 20°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: CHICAGO/PROSPECT HEIGHTS/WHEELING, IL (PWK)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Augusta, GA (AGS)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 2010 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: AUGUSTA RGNL AT BUSH FIELD (AGS)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 145 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 17
IFR Approach: ILS
Runway Length/Width: 8001 ft / 150 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:  33.381111, -81.970556 (est)

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA189
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 24, 2017 in Augusta, GA
Aircraft: BEECH 58, registration: N9132S
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 May 24, 2017, about 0100 eastern daylight time, a Beechcraft BE-58, N9132S, was substantially damaged during a gear-up landing at Augusta Regional Airfield (AGS), Augusta, Georgia. The commercial pilot was not injured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed. The on-demand flight departed Chicago Executive Airport (PWK), Chicago, Illinois, was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135.

The pilot stated he departed on a personal flight at 0715. Later in the day, he accepted a Part 135 flight with an expected departure time of 1630, but the departure was delayed until 2000. The pilot stated that while on approach he did not extend the landing gear at the final approach fix, which was standard procedure, and he failed to confirm a safe landing gear indication before landing. He reported that he was fatigued, and his attempts to contact the fixed base operator during approach distracted him.

On scene examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the wing ribs and stringers.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land, airplane multiengine land, and instrument airplane. His most recent FAA second class medical certificate was issued August 11, 2016. The pilot reported 14,000 total hours of flight experience, of which 6,000 hours were in the accident airplane make and model.

The six-seat, low-wing, retractable tricycle-gear airplane was manufactured in 1976 and was powered by two Continental, IO-520, 285-horsepower engines. The airplane's most recent inspection was completed on May 9, 2017, at 13,247 total aircraft hours.

At 0053, recorded weather at AGS included an overcast ceiling at 700 feet, calm wind, and 10 miles of visibility. The temperature was 21° C, the dew point was 20° C, and the altimeter setting was 29.69 inches of mercury.

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