Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Beechcraft 76 Duchess, N6015Z: Accident occurred November 03, 2019 in Doral, Miami-Dade 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; Miramar, Florida

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

Location: Doral, FL
Accident Number:ERA20TA030 
Date & Time: 11/03/2019, 2150 EST
Registration: N6015Z
Aircraft: Beech 76
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 3, 2019, about 2150 eastern standard time, a Beech 76, N6015Z, was substantially damaged during a forced landing on a road in Doral, Florida. The commercial pilot and a pilot-rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated by GPS Global Pilot School under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Night, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight. The flight originated at Hilton Head Airport (HXD), Hilton Head, South Carolina about 1840 and was destined for Miami Executive Airport (TMB), Miami, Florida.

The pilot reported that he landed at HXD with 55-60 gallons of fuel on board, and another 20 gallons of fuel were purchased before departing HXD. The fuel tanks were not filled to capacity. He estimated that the fuel needed to fly to TMB was 65 gallons with 15 gallons in reserve. The en route portion of the flight was uneventful. About 20 miles northwest of TMB, at 2,000 ft mean sea level (msl), the right engine "failed without warning." An attempt to restart the engine was unsuccessful. The right engine propeller was feathered. Following some radio communication problems, contact with Miami approach was re-established and the pilot diverted to Miami International Airport (MIA), Miami, Florida. About 500 ft msl, the left engine also experienced a sudden total loss of engine power. The pilot was unable to restart the engine and attempted a forced landing on a road to the west of MIA. Shortly before touchdown, the left wing struck a truck on the road. The airplane came to a stop and the pilots egressed the airplane and were met by first responders.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. Both wings and the fuselage were structurally damaged. The airplane was equipped with a fuel tank in each wing, with a capacity of 50 gallons useable in each tank. The tanks were drained; 1/2 cup of fuel was recovered from the left tank and 1 cup of fuel was recovered from the right tank. The inspector arrived on scene within 1 hour of the accident and reported that there was no fuel leaking from either tank and no fuel stains were observed on the ground under the airplane. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N6015Z
Model/Series: 76 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: GPS Global Flight School
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMIA, 9 ft msl
Observation Time: 2153 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 1100 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 40°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 2500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Hilton Head, SC (HXD)
Destination: Miami, FL (TMB) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 25.796944, -80.341111 (est)

DORAL, Florida - A small plane made an emergency landing Sunday night across from the Miami-Dade Police Department headquarters.

The Beechcraft 76 Duchess clipped an Amazon Prime tractor-trailer and several trees as it landed on Northwest 25th Street near Northwest 89th Court.

"We were lucky that it was a Sunday night at 10 p.m. and not a weekday, during the day or during the early evening hours," Doral police spokesman Rey Valdes said. "This is one of the main arteries in our city."

The pilot and a passenger were on board at the time. Both men were able to walk away, one of them with minor injuries. He was treated at the scene.

"They were fine," Valdes said. "They were alert."

The wing of the plane was damaged during the emergency landing.

Valdes said the plane was moved "at the direction and with the permission of the federal authorities investigating the incident to reduce the impact on traffic."

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the incident.

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