Sunday, September 06, 2020

Landing Gear Collapse: Beech F33A Bonanza, N727P; accident occurred July 06, 2020 at Roberts Field Airport (KRDM), Redmond, Deschutes County, Oregon


Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hillsboro, Oregon

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N727P

Location: Redmond, OR
Accident Number: WPR20CA213
Date & Time: 07/06/2020, 1030 PDT
Registration:N727P
Aircraft: Beech 33
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear collapse
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

The purpose of the flight was for both flight instructors to perform a proficiency flight with one another since they hadn't flown recently (due to the COVID-19 pandemic). After performing maneuvers in the practice area, they opted to return back to the departure airport to conduct touch-and-go practice takeoffs and landings. After the right-seated flight instructor made two landings, the left-seated flight instructor conducted the landing. After touchdown, while the airplane was in the landing roll, the left-seated flight instructor manipulated the landing gear lever to the "up" position instead of the flap lever. Both instructors realized the mistake and attempted to move the gear lever back to the "down" position, but the left landing gear had already collapsed. The landing gear continued to retract, and they became airborne. After performing troubleshooting of the landing gear and performing a flyby, they decided to land at another airport with more facilities.

The right-seated flight instructor performed the landing at the alternate airport and the airplane rolled on all three landing gear for about 1,000 ft. The left landing gear then collapsed and the airplane veered off the runway. The left aileron sustained damage as a result of the gear collapse. The left-seated flight instructor reported that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. He thought that when he put the landing gear lever up, the airplane's speed was fast enough that the squat switch did not prevent the gear from being retracted.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 26, 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 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/18/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/18/2019
Flight Time: 1477 hours (Total, all aircraft), 15 hours (Total, this make and model), 1412 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 58 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 29 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 35, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/13/2020
Occupational Pilot:Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/19/2019
Flight Time: 1202 hours (Total, all aircraft), 39 hours (Total, this make and model), 1115 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 63 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 48 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N727P
Model/Series: 33 F33A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility
Serial Number: CE-425
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/06/2020, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 35 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6448 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-BB10B
Registered Owner: Leading Edge Aviation Inc
Rated Power: 285 hp
Operator: Leading Edge Aviation Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRDM, 3084 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1714 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 79°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 130°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Redmond, OR (RDM)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Redmond, OR (RDM)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0930 PDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Roberts Field (RDM)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 3081 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 11
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7006 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Straight-in; Touch and Go

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 44.254167, -121.152222

2 comments:

  1. Nice work keeping the plane under control and not allowing a bad situation to grow a whole lot worse.

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  2. Failed proficiency flight, a technique used where I work is for the flight instructor to hold hand over gear handle during touch and goes for this very reason.

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