Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Beech F90 King Air, N960V: Accident occurred May 18, 2020 at McGhee Tyson Airport (KTYS), Alcoa, Blount County, Tennessee

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

Location: Knoxville, TN
Accident Number: ERA20LA192
Date & Time: 05/18/2020, 1110 EDT
Registration: N960V
Aircraft: Beech F90
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Executive/Corporate 

On May 18, 2020, about 1110 eastern daylight time, a Beech F90, N960V, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), Knoxville, Tennessee. The pilot and pilot rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 corporate flight.

According to the pilot, after takeoff from runway 23L at TYS, the landing gear handle was moved to the retract position; however, the red gear unsafe light remained illuminated. He returned to the airport and conducted a low approach so the airport tower controllers could visually confirm the landing gear condition. The pilot lowered the gear handle to extend the gear, but the red light remained on and there were no green lights. The controller indicated that although the main gear appeared down, the nose gear did not appear fully down and locked.

The pilot circled the airport while he performed the unsafe gear checklist and used the manual gear extension procedure. He pumped the landing gear manually until the resistance prohibited any further pumping, but the unsafe light remained on and there were no green indications. The pilot conducted another low approach for visual confirmation, and there was no apparent change in the gear condition. The pilot elected to land.

Airport security video of the landing showed that shortly after touching down, the airplane rolled for several hundred feet then yawed to the left before the gear collapsed. The airplane skidded off the left side of the runway and came to rest on a taxiway.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that several stringers and ribs were damaged, the nose landing gear actuator punctured the top of the fuselage and the left aileron was damaged.

The airplane was recovered from the accident site and retained for additional examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N960V
Model/Series: F90 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Empire Equipment Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: TYS, 979 ft msl
Observation Time: 1053 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 300°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3700 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.84 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Knoxville, TN (TYS)
Destination: Hilton Head Island, SC (HXD)

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:  35.810278, -83.990556

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