Monday, March 07, 2022

Beech 200 Super King Air, N8170J: Accident occurred March 07, 2022 at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (KGPT), Harrison County, Mississippi

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; Jackson, Mississippi 
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas


Location: Gulfport, Mississippi
Accident Number: CEN22LA138
Date and Time: March 6, 2022, 21:30 Local
Registration: N8170J
Aircraft: Beech 200 
Injuries: 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Business

On March 6, 2022, about 2130 central standard time, a Beech 200 airplane, N8170J, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT), Gulfport, Mississippi. The pilot and four passengers were not injured. The flight was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 business flight.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors, the airplane was on approach to Stennis International Airport (HAS), Bay St Louis, Mississippi, when the pilot attempted to extend the landing gear. During the gear extension process, the passengers heard
a “loud bang” under the floor panels, and the pilot reported that the gear would not extend. The pilot diverted to GPT and attempted to extend the landing gear manually, which was unsuccessful as the system was “jammed.” The pilot landed with the gear retracted and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and empennage. After landing, there was a small fire under the right engine nacelle.

The airplane has been retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N8170J
Model/Series: 200 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGPT, 28 ft msl
Observation Time: 21:24 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / , 140°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 600 ft AGL
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Borger, TX (BGD)
Destination: Bay St Louis, MS (HSA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 4 None
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 5 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 30.407954,-89.073991

GULFPORT, Mississippi (WLOX) - An emergency landing at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport early Monday morning has caused a handful of flights to canceled or delayed.

The airport’s executive director Clay Williams confirms that a King Air flight made an emergency landing at the airport after the plane’s landing gear would not deploy. All passengers on board were safe and unharmed.

“The aircraft has now been removed from the runway and we are in the process of inspecting the the airfield and will resume operations upon a further sweep and cleanup,” stated Williams.

South Mississippi Towing owner Tracy Allen says his company was called to remove the plane from the runway. According to him, the plane was pouring fuel when it arrived, with a hazmat team working overnight to clean it up. Five people were on board the plane, said Allen.

Two American Airlines departures set to leave Monday morning have been canceled and a few flights are showing delays. Additionally, two arrivals have also been pushed back. To see the most up-to-date list of arrivals and departures, please check the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport’s website.


  1. Two airline arrivals were delayed. I wonder why they didn't just schedule a landing to Mobile Regional just an hour drive to the east or New Orleans Lakefront the same distance to the west? Both are not even a 10 minute additional diversion time and the longest possibility from KGPT and ground shuttling could easily have been scheduled (or family driven to said airports themselves from Gulfport/Biloxi). Why not just treat it like a weather alternate diversion instead of further choking up the flight schedules two delayed flights would cause?

    1. Would a pilot take off using the only closed runway?

    2. You must be kidding me...Do you think an airliner can just drop off into any airport it wants to??? Every Flight has to be fully dispatched meaning take off and landing performance, single engine takeoff perf., Airport Data in the FMGC's, Instrument Approaches in the aircraft data base, fueling, maint., TSA, ramp, baggage handling, gate agents and jetways.. Do you catch my drift..I flew airlines for 35 years, everything from Cessna 402's to Airbus A330's...

    3. Airliners just can't drop off into any airport...

    4. Just can't fly an airliner at any airport you wish..

    5. "Just can't fly an airliner at any airport you wish..:

      You can, it just may not go very well.

    6. In addition to everything said above, "diversions" only occur when an aircraft is already in flight. Airlines will never initiate a flight that they know cannot be successfully completed to the planned airport.

    7. Well, you can do anything ONCE.

  2. Belly landing at night and everyone on board walked away with no injuries. The pilot did a remarkable job!

  3. Remarkable job? Not really... No different than a pilot who forgets the landing gear. No great feat of heroism really...

    1. Lack of pilot or A&P knowledge is obvious in comments.

      This 1980 B200 accident aircraft was equipped with a motor-driven mechanically actuated landing gear system. B200 landing gear design wasn't changed to a hydraulic system until the 1985 year model.

      Emergency deployment can fail on a 1980 B200 if the motor or transmission in the mechanical system gets bound up. Don't presume that the pilot was incompetent about how to perform the manual extension.

  4. If I was in that pilots position, I would opt for the longest runway I could reach, with a well equipped emergency response team rolling. Sorry if someone was inconvenienced, but my passengers safety would be foremost.

  5. for this 1980 BEECH 200,"It is possible that the crew did not operate the alternate extension system sufficiently to fully extend the landing gear prior to landing."