Thursday, June 13, 2019

Beech E90 King Air, N176TW: Accident occurred June 12, 2019 in Greenville, Hunt County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Irving, Texas 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Greenville, TX
Accident Number: CEN19LA166
Date & Time: 06/12/2019, 1725 CDT
Registration: N176TW
Aircraft: Beech E90
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On June 12, 2019, about 1725 central daylight time, a Beech E90 airplane, N176TW, experienced a right main landing gear failure during takeoff from Majors Airport (GVT), Greenville, Texas, and an emergency landing was performed at Fort Worth Alliance Airport (AFW), Fort Worth, Texas. The two airline transport pilots and a company check pilot were not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the right horizontal stabilizer. The airplane was registered to Sierra American Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware, and operated by Ameristar Jet Charter, Inc., Addison, Texas, as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight was originating from GVT.

According to the operator, the pilots were performing an instructional flight with multiple takeoffs and landings at GVT. During the accident takeoff, the pilots heard a loud noise, and with the assistance of ground witnesses, determined the right main landing gear wheel assembly departed the airplane. The separated wheel assembly and fractured components were located near the runway at GVT. The pilots elected to perform an emergency landing at AFW due to large runways and emergency personnel and equipment. The airplane landed and came to rest upright on the runway surface (see Figure 1. Airplane on runway at AFW)

Figure 1. Airplane on runway at AFW 

Examination of the airplane revealed the right main wheel/tire and lower shock absorber assembly departed the upper shock absorber assembly. The separated assembly impacted the right horizontal stabilizer, and the stabilizer sustained substantial damage. The lower shock absorber assembly was recovered and retained for further materials examination. (See Figure 2. Right Main Wheel Assembly)

Figure 2. Right Main Wheel Assembly 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N176TW
Model/Series: E90
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Ameristar Jet Charter, 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: AFW, 723 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 6000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / 21 knots, 360°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Greenville, TX (GVT)
Destination: Fort Worth, TX (AFW) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 33.070000, -96.065278 (est)

The pilot of a Beech E90 King Air burned fuel to make an emergency landing at Fort Worth Alliance Airport late Wednesday afternoon, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane was having landing gear problems and forced to land on its belly because part of the plane's gear strut was left on the ground during departure at another airport.

The plane could be seen tilting to one side as it approached the runway. As the plane touched down, sparks appeared from under the plane.

The plane landed safely as emergency crews doused the plane with foam to ensure any fire was extinguished.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued the following statement:

A Beech E90 King Air (N176TW) made an emergency landing at Fort Worth Alliance Airport this afternoon after losing its right main landing gear during departure from another airport.

The aircraft, with three people aboard, touched down safely on its left main gear and nose gear around 5:30 p.m. before settling onto its right engine cowling and coming to a stop. Nobody was injured.

The aircraft departed earlier in the afternoon from Greenville Majors Airport in Greenville, Texas. The pilot immediately reported a problem and verified during a fly-by at Greenville that the aircraft’s right wheel and landing gear strut had fallen off during takeoff.

The pilot elected to burn off fuel and divert to Alliance Airport, where Fort Worth Fire Department crews were waiting.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

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