Thursday, March 14, 2019

Beech E-55 Baron, N15VK: Accident occurred March 13, 2019 at Albert Whitted Airport ( KSPG), St Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida

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

Additional Participating
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Accident Number: ERA19TA129
Date & Time: 03/13/2019, 1617 EDT
Registration: N15VK
Aircraft: Beech E55
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 13, 2019, at 1617 eastern daylight time, a Beech E55, N15VK, sustained substantial damage during a gear-up landing at the Albert Whitted Airport (SPG), St. Petersburg, Florida. The commercial pilot and the passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that departed Lakeland Linder International Airport (LAL) akeland, Florida, at 1515.

The pilot stated that became distracted and did not extend the landing gear before landing. The airplane slid on the runway resulting in substantial damage to the left wing's rear spar. The propellers and flaps were also damaged. The airplane was equipped with a gear warning aural alert; however, it did not sound for unknown reasons.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and sea, multi-engine land, and instrument airplane. He also held a certified flight instructor certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. The pilot's last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical certificate was issued on February 11, 2019. He reported a total of 3,706 hours, of which, 1,217 hours were in multi-engine aircraft.

Weather reported at SPG at 1653 included wind from 090° at 11 knots, visibility 10 miles, and clear skies. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N15VK
Model/Series: E55 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: SPG, 6 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 90°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lakeland, FL (LAL)
Destination: St. Petersburg, FL (SPG)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  27.000000, -82.000000 (est)

HOURS estimated from logbooks or other information - not guaranteed or warranted

1970 BEECH E-55 N15VK, s/n: TE-805
Last Annual 09/01/18 at Hobbs 3996.6
Hobbs on 03/13/19 4067.5

(2) TCM IO-520-C7B;  Last Annual 09/01/18 at Hobbs 3996.6, ETT 980.6 

Right: McCauley 3AF32C75-NR, s/n: 780382, OH 07/14/11
Left:  McCauley 3AF32C75-NR, s/n: 751161
Last Annual Inspection on 09/01/18
Garmin G500
Garmin GTN 750
Garmin GTN 650
Garmin GTN-Integrated GTX3X5 transponder
Garmin GTN-Integrated Garmin Audio Panel
Garmin GDL 88
Avidyne TAS 600 traffic alert (integrated with Garmin)
L3 WX500 Stormscope (integrated with Garmin)
Sandia SAI-340 Quattro Standby Instrument
S-TEC 55x Autopilot with Autotrim
EDM-960 engine management system
Alpha Systems Angle of Attack Indicator
Artex ME406 ELT
Advanced Aero Low Thrust Detection System
MidContinent MD93 Digital Clock/USB charger
BAS Shoulder Harness (2)
GAMI fuel nozzles
Vortex Generators

Gear up landing that resulted in double prop strike on 03/13/19 at Albert Whitted Airport, St Petersburg, Florida 

The damage includes but may not be limited to:  Damage sustained to left wing (substantial), nose skins, and underbelly damaged.

Sheltair, Albert Whitted Airport, St Petersburg, Florida

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Salvage is as is/where is. 
The posting information is the best to our knowledge. 
An inspection of the aircraft is recommended. 
Logbooks may not be complete.

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