Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Landing Gear Not Configured: Beech A36 Bonanza, N15DN; accident occurred June 01, 2020 at Genesee County Airport (KGVQ), Batavia, New York

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rochester, New York

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


Location: Batavia, NY
Accident Number: ERA20CA203
Date & Time: 06/01/2020, 1230 EDT
Registration: N15DN
Aircraft: Beech 36
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear not configured
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning

According to the pilot, after a normal start and runup, he departed the airport and climbed to the cruise altitude. After reaching that altitude, he noted a flashing message indicator on the GPS that stated there was an electrical system issue. The pilot informed air traffic control that he would return to the departure airport to repair the issue, and about 7 miles from the airport, the GPS and primary flight display began to flash. The pilot pulled the circuit breakers to the flashing displays and set up for a straight in approach to the runway. He realized the airplane needed to lose altitude and attempted to extend the flaps, however, the flaps did not extend. He reset the circuit breakers, but the flaps still did not extend. He continued the approach, mistakenly forgot to extend the landing gear, and landed on the runway with the landing gear retracted. During the accident sequence, the fuselage was substantially damaged. After the accident, the pilot realized that he was interrupted during his starting checklist and concluded that he did not turn on the alternators (alternator and standby alternator) during the start procedures. Therefore, the airplane avionics were running on battery power the entire flight, which resulted in a loss of electrical power. He reported no other mechanical malfunctions of the airplane that would have precluded normal operation prior to the accident.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
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 Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/07/2020
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/15/2020
Flight Time:  952 hours (Total, all aircraft), 89 hours (Total, this make and model), 888 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 54 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 23 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N15DN
Model/Series:36 A36 
Aircraft Category:Airplane 
Year of Manufacture: 1989
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number:E-2472 
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 5
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/07/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3651 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3182.5 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-550
Registered Owner: Snowflake Aircraft Llc
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: Snowflake Aircraft Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: GVQ, 913 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1156 EDT
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 300°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Batavia, NY (GVQ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Batavia, NY (GVQ)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1215 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Genesee County (GVQ)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 913 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 28
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5499 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Precautionary Landing; Straight-in

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: 43.031667, -78.173333 (est)

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