Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Rockwell 690A, N197GB: Accident occurred June 10, 2019 at Cecil Airport (KVQQ), Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Jacksonville, FL
Accident Number: CEN19LA168
Date & Time: 06/10/2019, 1846 EDT
Registration: N197GB
Aircraft: Rockwell 690
Injuries:3 None 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

On June 10, 2019, about 1846 eastern daylight time, a Rockwell 690 airplane, N197GB, experienced a nose wheel collapse upon landing at Cecil Airport (VQQ) in Jacksonville, Florida. The airplane was owned by Blue Spruce Management, LLC and operated under contract by the United States Forest Service. The pilot and two crew members were not injured and the airplane received substantial damage to lower fuselage. The airplane was operated as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 as a reconnaissance flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated at Lake City Gateway Airport (LCQ) in Lake City, Florida.

The pilot reported he did not experience anything abnormal during the preflight inspection or on takeoff. At some point during the flight he noticed a "turbulent wind noise," then it went away and the plane sounded normal. The pilot checked all gauges and determined everything looked normal. When the reconnaissance was completed, they proceeded to LCQ to land. When the pilot lowered the gear; only 2 of the 3 landing gear lights illuminated. The nose light was not lit and the gear unsafe light was lit. The gear was cycled twice more with the same results. The pilot completed the immediate action checklist for gear malfunction and requested a low approach so air traffic control could observe the status of the nose gear. The flyby was completed and tower reported the gear appeared to be down. With a red 'gear unsafe' light still illuminated, the pilot elected to divert from LCQ to VQQ due to the availability of crash rescue on the airfield at VQQ. Enroute, the pilot called tower at VQQ, explained the situation, and requested another low flyby. They were cleared for a low approach and the tower at VQQ confirmed the gear appeared down. The nose gear light was still not illuminated and the red gear unsafe light was still lit. The pilot landed on the mains and attempted keep the nose off the ground as long as possible. When the nose came down, the nose gear immediately folded under and the nose of the airplane impacted the pavement.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Rockwell
Registration: N197GB
Model/Series: 690 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: United States Forest Service
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
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1 comment:

  1. Wait until you exit the runway to look down and say to yourself, "These are the flaps." Do not attempt retracting them on landing rollout, and in any case do not select landing gear up. With nearly 2,000 hours in type, I love the Turbo Commander--hate to see one bent.