Thursday, August 22, 2019

Cessna 310L, N2299F: Accident occurred August 21, 2019 at Tampa International Airport (KTPA), Hillsborough 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; Tampa, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Tampa, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA255
Date & Time: 08/21/2019, 1235 EDT
Registration: N2299F
Aircraft: Cessna 310
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 21, 2019, about 1235 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 310L, N2299F, was substantially damaged while landing at Tampa International Airport (TPA), Tampa, Florida. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was owned and operated by Car Zone LLC as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated about 1013 from Perry-Houston County Airport, Perry, Georgia, destined for Pilot Country Airport (X05), Brooksville, Florida.

The pilot stated that after takeoff the flight proceeded to X05 where after lowering the landing gear, the right main landing gear would not indicate down and locked. He "wiggled" the light for the right main landing gear and changed the light bulb, but the right main landing gear did not indicate down and locked. He continued the approach and landed, but during the landing rollout, the right main landing gear began to collapse. He aborted the landing and climbed to altitude where he cycled the landing gear multiple times by manipulating the landing gear handle and also tried to extend the right main landing gear using the emergency gear extension procedure multiple times. He also attempted abrupt maneuvers but was unable to get the right main landing gear down and locked. He attempted a second landing at X05, with the same results. After the aborted landing at X05, he contacted Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control, declared an emergency, and diverted to TPA. He performed one low-pass and one fly-by of the air traffic control tower at TPA and was told the right main landing gear appeared to be down. He returned for landing, again felt the right main landing gear was collapsing, and initiated another aborted landing. He informed the tower that he would land gear-up, and subsequently performed a gear-up landing on runway 19L with emergency equipment in-place.

During recovery of the airplane, airport maintenance personnel were unable to lock the right main landing gear using the emergency gear extension system, but were able to manually push the gear over-center, and brace it. They also secured the nose and left main landing gears over-center with heavy tie wraps and towed the airplane to the ramp.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Model/Series: 310 L
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: TPA, 26 ft msl
Observation Time: 1253 EDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 160°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Perry, GA (PXE)
Destination: Tampa, FL (TPA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 27.978889, -82.528333 (est)

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