Thursday, March 11, 2021

Beechcraft 95-B55 (T42A) Baron, N568P: Incident occurred March 10, 2021 near Colby Municipal Airport / Shalz Field (KCBK) Thomas County, Kansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

Aircraft departed with dolly attached to wheel and during return crashed. 


Date: 10-MAR-21
Time: 08:28:00Z
Regis#: N568P
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 95
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: COLBY
State: KANSAS

TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) - The pilot of a small airplane escaped serious injury in a crash landing early Wednesday near the Colby airport in western Kansas, authorities said.

The incident was reported at 2:28 a.m. Wednesday in a field about a half-mile east of Colby Municipal Airport. The location was about a mile north of the city of Holton in Thomas County.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, which investigated the incident, a Beechcraft 95-B55 (T42A) Baron was taking off from the airport when the front wheel dolly didn’t detach from the front wheel.

When the pilot got into the air, the patrol said, he noticed that the wheel dolly was still attached and called the Colby Fire Department.

While fire crews were heading to the scene, the right engine failed and the pilot had to conduct what the patrol called “a major crash landing.”

The pilot, Kelly B. Gabel, 40, of Colby, was taken to Citizens Medical Center in Colby for treatment of what were described as minor injuries. The patrol said Gabel was wearing his safety restraints.

No one else was on board the plane, according to the patrol.

9 comments:

  1. YOU KNOW IT’S GOING TO BE A BAD DAY WHEN ..........

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  2. How do you taxi for takeoff with a wheel dolly attached, whatever that is?

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    1. Wheel dollies are used for transporting aircraft with a flat tire and not designed to be used to sit a nose gear on and try and take off with a flat tire.

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  3. Kinda sounds like Darwinism to me.......
    Geeeesh!

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  4. That is probably the greatest outcome one could ask for in that situation. Shoulder harness’s save lives!
    No fire
    No fatalities
    No property damage on the ground

    Good luck Kelly!

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  5. This had to have been a tow bar and not a wheel dolly used to sit under a flat tire(s) of landing gear to ground move safely. It wouldn't be the first time here on KR we read about a pilot taking off with his tow bar still attached to the nose wheel either. It wasn't that many months ago there was another report here about that happening. How the hell do you miss that on a pre-flight?

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    1. Had to be a tow bar. Preventable by procedural discipline of making sure if your hand leaves the tow bar, the tow bar is no longer attached to the aircraft. You might leave one behind if distracted, but flying away with the tow bar hooked up is easily prevented.

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  6. ALWAYS walk around your airplane, looking carefully, one final time before you get in!

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  7. Part of the problem here is the pilot departing at 2:30 AM. Obviously not fully awake or fully prepared to fly an airplane. Probably should be in bed at 2:30 AM.

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