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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 247510
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Time:17:03 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE99 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 99
Owner/operator:Flamingo Air
Registration: C6-FLI
MSN: U-165
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Serious incident
Location:Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS/MYNN) -   Bahamas
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS/MYNN)
Destination airport:Staniel Cay Airport (TYM/MYES)
Confidence Rating: Accident Investigation report not yet completed, but information verified through official sources
The Beechcraft 99 with a total of seven persons (2 flight crew, 5 passengers) departed MYNN at 15:47 local time, with destination Staniel Cay Airport (MYES), Exuma, Bahamas. The pilot reported that upon approach into Staniel Cay and after selecting the landing gear to the “DOWN” position, the nose gear indicator light appeared dim and the light on the gear handle flickered red.
After identifying the nose gear indication as unsafe, the pilot stated that he initiated emergency procedures and subsequently aborted the approach. Contact was made with company dispatch where the decision was made to return to Nassau.
Upon return to Nassau, Nassau ATC was advised of the potential for an emergency landing. Preparations were made and emergency services were notified. The pilot advised that once approved for landing by ATC, he placed the landing gear to the “DOWN” position where once again, the indications previously encountered, reappeared. Emergency procedures including emergency gear extension pump utilization were carried out. According to the pilot, the pump felt “stiff” when attempts were made to manually extend the gear. The aircraft landed eventually, however, during landing rollout, the nose gear collapsed. The weather at the time of the occurrence was visual meteorological conditions. No injuries were reported. The aircraft sustained damages to the nose landing gear, underside of the nose compartment, and both propellers.
Prior to removal of the aircraft from the runway surface, an inspection of the nose landing gear was conducted. It was noted that the nose gear actuator was unable to fully extend to allow the insertion of a mechanical down lock (fix metal bracket) to be installed, to allow for safe removal. The inability to safely lock the gear would indicate possible internal failure of the landing gear actuator.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

15 Aug 2016 C6-FLI Flamingo Air 0 Bimini International Airport sub
Runway excursion.


Photo of C6-FLI courtesy

Nassau - Lynden Pindling International (MYNN / NAS)
13 January 2020; (c) Kas van Zonneveld

Revision history:

05-Feb-2021 16:55 harro Added
05-Feb-2021 16:57 harro Updated [Location, Narrative]

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