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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 236886
Last updated: 9 October 2020
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Date:18-MAY-2020
Time:11:10 EDT
Type:Beechcraft F90 King Air
Owner/operator:Empire Equipment LLC
Registration: N960V
C/n / msn: LA-31
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:McGhee Tyson Airport (KTYS/TYS), Blount County, TN -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:McGhee Tyson Airport, TN (KTYS/TYS)
Destination airport:Hilton Head Island, SC (HXD)
Narrative:
On May 18, 2020, about 1110 eastern daylight time, a Beech F90, N960V, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), Knoxville, Tennessee. The pilot and pilot rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 corporate flight.

According to the pilot, after takeoff from runway 23L at TYS, the landing gear handle was moved to the retract position; however, the red gear unsafe light remained illuminated. He returned to the airport and conducted a low approach so the airport tower controllers could visually confirm the landing gear condition. The pilot lowered the gear handle to extend the gear, but the red light remained on and there were no green lights. The controller indicated that although the main gear appeared down, the nose gear did not appear fully down and locked.

The pilot circled the airport while he performed the unsafe gear checklist and used the manual gear extension procedure. He pumped the landing gear manually until the resistance prohibited any further pumping, but the unsafe light remained on and there were no green indications. The pilot conducted another low approach for visual confirmation, and there was no apparent change in the gear condition. The pilot elected to land.

Airport security video of the landing showed that shortly after touching down, the airplane rolled for several hundred feet then yawed to the left before the gear collapsed. The airplane skidded off the left side of the runway and came to rest on a taxiway.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that several stringers and ribs were damaged, the nose landing gear actuator punctured the top of the fuselage and the left aileron was damaged.

The airplane was recovered from the accident site and retained for additional examination.

Sources:

NTSB: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdfgenerator/ReportGeneratorFile.ashx?EventID=20200518X25309&AKey=1&RType=Prelim&IType=LA

FAA: https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=N960V


Revision history:

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10-Jun-2020 09:09 Captain Adam Added

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