Thursday, June 03, 2021

Beech 1900C, N219VP: Accident occurred June 02, 2021 at Denver International Airport (KDEN), Colorado

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; Denver, Colorado Alpine Air Express; Provo, Utah

Alpine Aviation Inc

Location: Denver, CO
Accident Number: CEN21LA248
Date & Time: June 2, 2021, 20:00 Local 
Registration: N219VP
Aircraft: Beech 1900
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi & commuter - Non-scheduled

On June 2, 2021, at 2000 mountain daylight time, a Beech 1900, N219VP, was involved in an accident near Denver, Colorado. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airline transport pilot was uninjured. The airplane was operated by Alpine Air Express under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations as a Part 135 on-demand cargo flight.

The pilot stated that on final approach to Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado, he received a landing clearance near the final approach for runway 17R. He said that he lowered the landing gear, placed the propeller controls forward, confirmed that the landing gear position indicator lights illuminated green, and completed the before landing checklist. He said he felt the drag associated with the gear extended, but the airplane was not slowing as much as usual. He said that he planned his approach to land at the furthest point of the touchdown zone to clear the runway for traffic in trail. He said that over the runway threshold, an aircraft made a comment to check gear down. He believed that the air traffic control tower also told him to check that the landing gear was down. He said he looked at the landing gear control handle and confirmed three green while the airplane was touching down. He said the landing was smooth and felt normal. He said the airplane settled onto the runway and within a few seconds, the propellers impacted the ground. He said he still had some nose wheel steering and was able to steer the airplane onto the second high speed taxiway where the airplane came to a stop.

Airport surveillance video showed the airplane approach runway 17R with all the landing gear wheels fully retracted. All the landing gear wheels remained retracted while the airplane was over the runway and just prior to touchdown. Radar data showed the airplane’s approach speed was about 200 kts while flying over the approach end of runway 8 at an altitude of about 5,800 feet msl and while flying over taxiway ED at an altitude of about 5,500 ft msl. The speed was about 196 kts when flying over taxiway EC.

Postaccident photos of the airplane on the runway showed the wing flaps were fully retracted. Postaccident examination of the airplane under the supervision of the Federal Aviation Administration revealed that airplane sustained substantial damage that included damage to the bottom fuselage lateral bulkheads and stringers. Examination of the landing gear and landing gear indicating/warning system revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N219VP
Model/Series: 1900
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: DEN,5434 ft msl
Observation Time: 19:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C /9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 12000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 100°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Rawlins, WY (RWL)
Destination: Denver, CO

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.861667,-104.67316 (est)

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