Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Beech 95-B55 (T42A), N686DR: Accident occurred November 09, 2019 at Griffin-Spalding County Airport (6A2), Georgia

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

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


Location: Griffin, GA
Accident Number: ERA20LA035
Date & Time: 11/09/2019, 1024 EDT
Registration: N686DR
Aircraft: Beech 55
Injuries: 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 9, 2019, at 1024 eastern daylight time, a Beechcraft, BE55, N686DR, registered to and operated by the commercial pilot/owner, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion during takeoff at Griffin-Spalding County Airport, (6A2) Griffin, Georgia. The commercial pilot and his four passengers were not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

The pilot reported that he was flying multiple individuals and families throughout the day during a "customer appreciation event." This was the fifth flight of the morning, which included himself and a family of four; two adults and two minor children. The pilot taxied to runway 14 and applied full power for takeoff. The pilot reported that everything appeared normal during the takeoff roll, but as the airplane approached 70 knots, about a third of the way down the runway, the landing gear suddenly retracted and the airplane struck the runway, then skidded off the right side of the runway and spun into the grass before coming to rest. After a successful evacuation, the pilot looked at the instrument panel and noticed that the landing gear handle was in the up position; he reported "It either got bumped, or moved on its own."

Airport surveillance video that pointed towards the departure end of runway 14, captured the airplane taxiing northwest from the hangers; it crossed runway 14/32, then turned northwest on the runway 14 parallel taxiway, then taxied to the runway without stopping. After a brief pause of about 5 seconds, the airplane began the takeoff roll and appeared to roll down the runway normally, then about 1,100 ft into the takeoff roll, it settled onto the runway right wing first, followed by the belly and the left wing. Subsequently, the airplane skidded sideways, exiting the right side of the runway before coming to rest in the grass.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the airplane exhibited substantial damage to the belly that was torn open in multiple locations, with numerous skin creases and internal frame damage to stringers. Dirt and grass were in the damaged areas. Both propellers (3-blade) were curled, and the inboard landing gear doors were scraped. There were several punctures in the right forward fuselage adjacent to the propeller arc.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, single-engine sea and multiengine land, instrument airplane, and held a flight instructor certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine, airplane multiengine, and instrument airplane. He reported 2,678 hours total time, of which 670 hours were in the accident airplane make and model. In addition, he reported 29 and 8 hours of total flight time over the previous 90 and 30 days respectively. He was operating under the basic medical requirements that was renewed on September 26, 2019.

According to FAA airworthiness and aircraft maintenance records, the airplane was issued a normal airworthiness certificate on December 3, 1967. It was a six-place, low wing multi engine airplane that was equipped with a retractable tricycle landing gear, and two Lycoming IO-470-L, 260-horsepower engines driving Hartzell three-blade metal constant speed propellers. The left and right engines had accumulated 769.3 and 680.7 hours total time since overhaul respectively, with 38 hours total time since the most recent annual inspection. The airframe had accumulated 3,994.5 hours total time.

The weather conditions reported at 6A2 at 1035, included wind from 060° at 4 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, clear skies, temperature 6° C, dew point -2° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.30 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N686DR
Model/Series: 55 95B55
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: 6A2, 958 ft msl
Observation Time: 1535 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / -2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 60°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.3 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Griffin, GA (6A2)
Destination: Griffin, GA (6A2)

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: 33.226944, -84.275000 (est)

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