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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 233975
Last updated: 3 May 2020
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Date:15-FEB-2020
Time:14:30 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic AC11 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rockwell 112B Commander
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N377SB
C/n / msn: 526
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Knoxville Downtown Island Airport (KDKX), Knox County, TN -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Bowman Field Airport, KY
Destination airport:Downtown Island Airport (KDKX), TN
Narrative:
On February 15, 2020, about 1430 eastern standard time, a Rockwell International 112B, N377SB, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion while landing at the Knoxville Downtown Island Airport (DKX), Knoxville, Tennessee. The private pilot sustained minor injuries and the passenger was not injured. The airplane was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated about 1330, from Bowman Field Airport, Louisville, Kentucky.

The pilot stated that after departure he proceeded to DKX which had calm winds, and he entered an extended left base leg of the airport traffic pattern for runway 8. The pilot turned onto the final approach leg of the airport traffic pattern and reported a normal landing. About 1 or 2 seconds after the airplane began to slow, it "swerved violently to the left," which the pilot described as if the flight had suddenly encountered a 20+ knot crosswind. He applied right rudder input but that did not correct the left turning tendency. The airplane departed the runway onto grass, where he attempted to slow the airplane. The airplane then veered again to the left and this time he had no rudder authority. He instructed the passenger to brace for impact and reported coming to an abrupt stop. When the pilot exited the airplane he noted that the left main landing gear tire was deflated.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration inspector who examined the accident site and airplane, rubber transfer on the runway that was consistent from the left tire began about 1,900 ft from the approach end of the runway. After exiting the runway, the airplane traveled about 600 ft, impacted a water drainage ditch, and the nose landing gear collapsed. The left main landing gear tire exhibited a flat spot through the tread.

The airplane was recovered for further examination of the brake system.

Sources:

NTSB Preliminary: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdfgenerator/ReportGeneratorFile.ashx?EventID=20200221X22211&AKey=1&RType=Prelim&IType=LA


Revision history:

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14-Mar-2020 12:50 Captain Adam Added

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