Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Landing Gear Not Configured: Beechcraft A36TP Propjet Bonanza, N8047R; accident occurred October 14, 2019 at Douglas Municipal Airport (KDQH), Coffee County, Georgia

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hapeville, Georgia 

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

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Location: Douglas, GA

Accident Number: GAA20CA022
Date & Time: 10/14/2019, 1700 EDT
Registration: N8047R
Aircraft: Beech 36
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear not configured
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot reported that he failed to extend the landing gear and that the airplane landed with the landing gear retracted. The airplane skidded off the runway to the right and came to rest in the grass adjacent to the runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The airplane's owner reported that the pilot had not been authorized to fly the airplane the day of the accident. Local law enforcement officers conducted a field sobriety test and concluded that the pilot was impaired to the point that he was unsafe to operate an airplane. Subsequently, he was arrested for operating an aircraft while under the influence. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to extend the landing gear due to intoxication during an unauthorized flight. 


Gear extension and retract sys - Not used/operated (Cause)

Personnel issues
Use of equip/system - Pilot (Cause)
Alcohol - Pilot (Cause)
Stolen/unauthorized - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing gear not configured (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor

Age: 57, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/30/2019
Occupational Pilot:
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 15300 hours (Total, all aircraft), 175 hours (Total, this make and model), 8500 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 35 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech

Registration: N8047R
Model/Series: 36 A36
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2001
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: E-2709
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/13/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3849 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 1840 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Allison/Rolls Royce
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 250-B17C
Registered Owner: Brooks Auto Parts Inc
Rated Power: 425 hp
Operator: Brooks Auto Parts Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions

Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDQH, 257 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2037 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 311°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 5000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 360°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Douglas, GA (DQH)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination: Douglas, GA (DQH)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time:  EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: Douglas Muni (DQH)

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 256 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 04
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6000 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in; Traffic Pattern

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: 31.476667, -82.860556 (est)

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