Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX, N879MA: Accident occurred August 18, 2019 at Kapalua Airport (PHJH), Lahaina, Hawaii

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota
Hartzell Propeller; Piqua, Ohio

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Kapalua, HI
Accident Number: ANC19LA046
Date & Time: 08/18/2019, 1037 HST
Registration: N879MA
Aircraft: Cessna 208B
Injuries: 10 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Scheduled

On August 18, 2019, about 1037 Hawaii-Aleutian standard time, a turbine-powered Cessna 208B airplane, N879MA, sustained substantial damage after overrunning the end of Runway 2 during the landing roll, at the Kapalua Airport (JHM) Lahaina, Hawaii. The airplane was being operated as Flight 504 by Mokulele Airlines, Kahului, Hawaii, as a scheduled commuter flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 and visual flight rules (VFR). Of the 10 occupants onboard, the captain a certificated airline transport pilot, the first officer a commercial pilot, and the eight passengers were not injured. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and an instrument flight plan had been filed but not activated. The flight originated from the Daniel K Inouye International Airport (HNL) Honolulu, about 0947.

According to the captain, during the second flight of the day, while landing at Kapalua, the first officer was the pilot flying, and he was the monitoring pilot. He added that, during the approach to the 3,000 ft. long, by 100 ft. wide asphalt-covered runway, the airspeed was about 35 knots too fast, and the airplane touched down about halfway down the runway, "a little longer than normal". He said that after touchdown, the first officer moved the propeller thrust lever into beta range (reverse), but "something didn't feel right" and that the airplane was not decelerating. Subsequently, the captain took control of the airplane, applied the thrust lever to full reverse, but the airplane did not slow down. The captain said that he applied maximum brakes, but the main landing gear wheels locked and began to skip. The airplane subsequently overran the departure end of Runway 2 and continued down an embankment, and into an area of tree and brush-covered terrain, sustaining substantial damage to the left aileron.

The first officer reported that, during the approach, the airplane was a little fast and floated longer down the runway than normal. He was not sure of the exact touchdown point but noted that he did not hear any loud noise typically associated with the application of the beta. The captain then took the flight controls and applied full reverse with no change or deceleration. The captain then applied full brakes, but the airplane exited the runway. All crew and passengers evacuated through the main door and nobody was injured.

A passenger seated in the rear of the airplane, who was also a pilot for the company reported that, while leaving the HNL airport, he observed and heard the beta operation of the airplane function properly. He added that, during the landing, the airplane touched down around taxiway bravo, which is approximately 1,500 ft or halfway down the runway. He was not able to confirm that the pilots were applying beta during the landing roll, however, he did feel the brakes being applied. He noted that he did not hear or smell the brakes being locked up, and that after the accident no tire skid marks were present on the runway or runway overrun.

The automated weather observation system at the accident airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 050° at 12 knots. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N879MA
Model/Series: 208B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Mokulele Airlines
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135)
Operator Does Business As: Mokulele Airlines
Operator Designator Code: MK9A

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PHJH, 240 ft msl
Observation Time: 2045 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / , 50°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Honolulu, HI (HNL)
Destination: Kapalua, HI (JHM)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 8 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 10 None
Latitude, Longitude: 20.969722, -156.669167 (est)

A Mokulele plane skidded off the runway in Kapalua late Sunday morning, according to information released by the airline.

Airline officials issued a message saying, “Mokulele is grateful that all passengers and crew escaped injury.”

All passengers at Kapalua who had ensuing Mokulele flights were being re-accommodated within the first couple hours of the incident, and by 4 p.m., all Mokulele flights were to resume on-time operations.

“Mokulele is in its 25th year of service to the islands and is proud to continue the best safety record of all Hawaii-based airlines,” airline officials said.

The airline currently operates 106-peak day departures in the islands.

The cause of the incident was not immediately available.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://mauinow.com

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