Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Gulfstream IV, registered to and operated by Waffle House Inc under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a corporate flight, N505GF: Accident occurred March 09, 2019 at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (KPDK), Atlanta, DeKalb 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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Chamblee, GA
Accident Number: ERA19TA122
Date & Time: 03/09/2019, 1547 EST
Registration: N505GF
Aircraft: Gulfstream GIV
Injuries: 14 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Executive/Corporate 

On March 9, 2019, at 1547 eastern standard time, a Gulfstream G-IV, N505GF, was substantially damaged during landing at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK) Chamblee, Georgia. The two airline transport pilots and 12 passengers were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Waffle House Inc. under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a corporate flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight, which originated from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) Bozeman, Montana, about 1236.

The crew reported that after a normal en route flight, upon arrival into the Atlanta area, air traffic control advised them runway 34, which was 3,967-ft-long was in use, and runway 21L/ 3R, which was 6,001-ft-long was closed until 1600, which was about 20 minutes from then. The crew requested to hold until the longer runway opened, but shortly thereafter, they advised that they would be able to land on runway 34. The pilot reported that the approach to landing was normal, but during the landing flare, he felt an "unusually hard impact." The landing roll and taxi to the ramp were uneventful. During a hard landing inspection, substantial damage was found to the fuselage. The crew did not report any preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane.

Photographs provided by the airport manager revealed that two tire tracks commenced in the grass about 5-10 ft prior to the runway 34 threshold, and lose dirt and grass was observed around the threshold.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airman records, the pilot flying held an airline transport pilot certificate and was issued a first-class medical certificate in January 2019. He reported a total flight time of 4,920 hours, with 125 hours in the accident make and model airplane. The second pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate and was issued a first-class medical certificate in May 2018. He reported a total flight time of 8,139 flight hours, with 972 hours in the accident make and model airplane.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the airplane was powered by two turbo-fan Rolls-Royce Tay 611-8 engines. The most recent continuous airworthiness inspection was completed in February 2019.

At 1553, the reported weather at PDK included 6 statute miles visibility, haze, a broken cloud layer at 3,700 ft above ground level, variable wind at 4 knots, temperature 17°C, dew point 12°C, and barometric pressure of 30.01 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Gulfstream
Registration: N505GF
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Waffle House Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPDK, 998 ft msl
Observation Time: 1553 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3700 ft agl
Visibility:  6 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Bozeman, MT (BZN)
Destination: Chamblee, GA (PDK)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 12 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 14 None
Latitude, Longitude: 33.872778, -84.300556 (est)


Anonymous said...

What was that crew thinking using 16-34. That's a 3967' non-precision runway with no touchdown observation lighting. And they did this at night. I've never seen a large jet use that runway for landing even in daylight in 20+ years of flying out of there and hanging out on the observation deck. They always use the 6001' 3-21.

Anonymous said...

Agree on the runway selection, not a good choice. But, 20:43Z is not night.

Anonymous said...

It's going to take a lot of waffle sales to cover this ... Think I will head over to the local WH and help them out.