Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Hawker 800XP, N86MN: Accident occurred October 07, 2019 at Southwest Florida International Airport (KRSW), Fort Myers, 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: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 


Location: Fort Myers, FL
Accident Number: ERA20LA008
Date & Time: 10/07/2019, 2305 EDT
Registration: N86MN
Aircraft: Raytheon HAWKER
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled

On October 7, 2019, about 2305 eastern daylight time, a Raytheon Corporate Jets Inc. Hawker 800XP airplane, N86MN, landed with the nose landing gear retracted on runway 6 at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), Fort Myers, Florida. The two airline-transport pilots and 2 passengers were not injured. The airplane was registered to UYTSAIFLY800XP LLC., and was operated by Delta Private Jets, as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 on-demand charter flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Naples Municipal Airport (APF), Naples, Florida at 1953 and was destined for Kerrville Municipal Airport (ERV), Kerrville, Texas

The pilot in command reported that after a normal takeoff roll and rotation from APF, during the initial climb and landing gear retraction, he observed a red warning light that the nose landing gear (NLG) remained in transit and was not fully retracted. He reported that a vibration and a "thud" were felt from the NLG section; at this time the main landing gear indicated that they were retracted. He further reported that they attempted to extend the landing gear via the checklist but were unable to get the NLG to indicate that it was down and locked, or retracted. Subsequently, the flight crew diverted to RSW due to the availability of a 12,000 ft dry runway; during the landing, the nose gear failed to extend, the airplane skidded to a stop on the runway, and the flight crew and passengers performed an emergency evacuation via the main cabin door. The fuselage sustained substantial damage.

Review of photographs provided by the RSW airport manager that were taken immediately after the landing, showed the main landing gear extended, but the NLG remained retracted in its wheel well.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector who examined the airplane after it was transported to a hangar, the NLG actuator push rod linkage was found to be disconnected from its attach point, the nut, bolt, and pin assembly was missing, and deformation in the area where the nut, bolt, and pin assembly should be installed was observed. It was not possible to reinstall a replacement nut, bolt, and pin assembly due to the deformation on the threads. When the NLG was manually extended by hand, it locked into place.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot in command, who was also the pilot flying, held an airline transport pilot certificate and was issued an FAA first-class medical certificate in July 2019. He reported a total flight time of 3,905 hours, of which 450 hours were in the accident airplane make and model. The second in command pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate and was issued an FAA first-class medical certificate in February 2019. He reported a total flight time of 5,366 flight hours, of which 24 hours were in the accident airplane make and model.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the 11-seat airplane was powered by two Garrett-Honeywell TFE731-5BR-1H turbo fan engines. Maintenance records provided by Delta Private Jets revealed that the NLG and main landing gear were overhauled in January 2019. At the time of the overhaul, the landing gear had accumulated 7,022 cycles; the airplane had accumulated an additional 124 cycles since the overhaul.

At 1941, which was the most recent weather observation recorded at RSW, included wind from a heading of 150° at 6 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, scattered clouds at 3,0000 ft, a broken ceiling at 12,000 ft, temperature 24°C, and dew point 11°C.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Raytheon
Registration: N86MN
Model/Series: HAWKER 800XP
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Delta Private Jets
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: 031D

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: RSW, 29 ft msl
Observation Time: 1941 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 150°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 12000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.8 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Naples, FL (APF)
Destination: Kerrville, TX (ERV)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 26.533611, -81.759167 (est)

FORT MYERS, Florida - A private jet made an emergency landing at Southwest Florida International Airport Monday night. 

According to Southwest Florida International Airport spokesperson Victoria Moreland, two crew members and two passengers were on board. The plane had to be disabled and was removed from the airport. 

No one was injured. 

According to witnesses, a small jet had its nose down on the tarmac after 11 p.m. Emergency vehicles also surrounded the plane. 

Several flights into Southwest Florida International Airport were delayed and diverted to other airports due to the incident. 

Normal operations were interrupted "for approximately two hours," according to Moreland. 

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1 comment:

  1. "The plane had to be disabled and was removed from the airport. "

    That paints a picture in the mind!

    Appears to be a nose gear collapse instead of a 'landing gear collapse' - the latter implies failure of the main and nose gear. An argument might be made that NLG failure only is included in the phrase 'landing gear collapse' but that is hardly precise writing.

    Disabling a plane that is already disabled is an odd response.
    Removing it from the airport, not merely from the runway, is also odd.

    Thanks to Kathryn's Report for sharing the reporting skills demonstrated by the local news. Always interesting views from there. [How often do any of them know much about their subject?]