Preliminary Report: Excel gear collapses

 - June 9, 2008, 9:34 AM

Cessna Citation Excel 560XL, Port Heiden, Alaska, April 30, 2008–The AT&T Alascom Excel was substantially damaged on landing at Port Heiden Airport, but there were no injuries. As soon as the nosewheel touched down, the airplane veered sharply to the left and went off the runway. The left main gear collapsed, and the left wing hit the runway. The wind was 320 degrees at 12 knots and the pilot reported correcting for a crosswind.