NTSB Investigating Phenom 100 ‘Zero’ Brake Incident

 - September 23, 2010, 11:28 AM

The NTSB is investigating a September 10 incident in which an Embraer Phenom 100 suffered minor damage upon landing in Brenham, Texas. The light twinjet, owned by South Carolina-based Vader, experienced a runway excursion at Brenham Municipal Airport after its brakes failed and both main gear tires blew. According to the pilot’s statement, the crew received a brake fail warning soon after takeoff from Tucson International Airport, but continued to their destination. After touchdown, the pilot noted “zero” braking and applied the emergency brakes. As the tires blew, directional control of the aircraft was lost and it skidded off the left side of the runway, causing the right main gear to collapse when it reached muddy turf on the east side of Runway 16. The pilot and copilot were uninjured. The incident bears similarities to another dual tire blowout on a Phenom 100 landing at Mammoth Yosemite Airport in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., in early March, though the NTSB told AIN it has not investigated that incident.