Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Honda HA-420 HondaJet, N166HJ: Accident occurred October 07, 2019 at Charleston International Airport (KCHS), North Charleston, South Carolina -and- Incident occurred April 17, 2018 at Harlan Municipal Airport (KHNR), Shelby County, Iowa

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

Additional Participating Entity: Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia

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


Location: Charleston, SC
Accident Number: ERA20LA006
Date & Time: 10/07/2019, 0830 EDT
Registration: N166HJ
Injuries: 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Executive/Corporate 

On October 7, 2019, about 0830 eastern daylight time, a Honda HA-420, H166HJ, was substantially damaged during an emergency landing at Charleston Air Force Base/International Airport (CHS), Charleston, South Carolina. The airline transport pilot and four passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The airplane was owned and operated by Pro by Air, as an executive/corporate flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight departed Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), Fort Lauderdale, Florida at 0715.

According to the pilot as he approached runway 03 at CHS, he moved the landing gear handle to the down position. The main landing gear indicated green but the nose landing gear stayed yellow; followed by an unsafe audible alarm indicating the landing gear was unsafe. The pilot discontinued the approach and flew by the air traffic control tower. The tower controller reported that the "doors did not look right." The pilot attempted to cycle the landing gear twice with no positive effect. The pilot declared an emergency and executed the emergency landing gear down checklist, with the result of two mains showing green and red for the nose landing gear. He landed on runway 03 and the airplane slid to a complete stop on the runway. The pilot and all passengers deplaned on the runway and waited for emergency services.

An examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the underside of the forward portion of the fuselage was scraped completely through the hull. Further examination revealed that the pressure vessel was also damaged.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N166HJ
Model/Series: HA-420
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Pro by Air
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Dawn
Observation Facility, Elevation: CHS, 13 ft msl
Observation Time: 0756 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 1500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 30°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 5000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Fort Lauderdale, FL (FXE)
Destination: Charleston, SC (CHS)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 4 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 5 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.898611, -80.040556 (est)

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (WCSC) - A small plane made an emergency landing at Charleston International Airport on Monday morning.

The plane landed around 8:45 a.m. and airport officials were notified.

Photos show the plane’s nose tilted down with at least one fire truck on the scene.

According to airport spokeswoman Caroline Axman, the plane experienced mechanical issues, but landed safely with no reported injuries.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.live5news.com

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines

April 17, 2018: Aircraft veered off the runway through the grass on landing.

Date: 17-APR-18
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N166HJ
Aircraft Make: HONDA
Aircraft Model: HA 420
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
State: IOWA


  1. Nose gear collapse at KCHS on 10/7/19.

  2. Officials reported aircraft landed gear-up.
    Well, not ALL the gear was up.