Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Hawker 400XP, N100FN: Accident occurred September 14, 2021 at Charleston Executive Airport (KJZI), South Carolina

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 Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas 

Meander Air II LLC

Location: Charleston, SC
Accident Number: ERA21LA379
Date & Time: September 14, 2021, 12:30 Local
Registration: N100FN
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Positioning

On September 14, 2021, about 1230 eastern daylight time, a Hawker Beechcraft Corp 400A, N100FN, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident en route to the Charleston Executive Airport (JZI), Charleston, South Carolina. The two pilots were not injured. The airplane was operated by Aircraft Management Group as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 positioning flight.

The flight crew reported that they performed a standard preflight of the airplane as it had just been released from scheduled maintenance performed at a Part 145 repair station at Youngstown Regional Airport (YNG), Youngstown, Ohio. The only discrepancy noted during the preflight inspection was a loose bolt on the nose cone, which was tightened by a mechanic prior to departure.

The flight subsequently departed and was uneventful, until the airplane was about 15 minutes from JZI. The flight crew reported that while descending through about 21,000 ft, they heard and felt a loud bang, shudder, and yaw. The autopilot was disconnected, and a noticeable yaw was felt; however, there were no anomalies noted on any flight or engine instruments. The flight crew continued and landed without further incident. During the post-flight inspection, it was discovered that the left engine cowling had entirely separated.

Photographs provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that the fuselage and horizontal stabilator sustained substantial damage. Figure 1 provides an overview of the left engine and empennage.

According to a representative of the repair station and work orders, on September 13, 2021, the airplane had been signed off for an A and B inspection, which required the removal and reinstallation of the engine cowlings.

As of this writing the separated cowling has not been located. The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N100FN
Model/Series: 400A NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code: 3CMA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: JZI,17 ft msl 
Observation Time: 12:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C /22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2700 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Youngstown, OH (YNG)
Destination: Charleston, SC (JZI)

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: 32.701028,-80.00325 (est)

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