Preliminary Report: King Air loses footing on landing approach

 - July 30, 2008, 11:31 AM

Beech King Air 200C, Coffs Harbour Aerodrome, New South Wales, Australia, May 15, 2003–At 10:50 a.m. UTC, King Air VH-AMR’s  left main landing gear separated after hitting the ocean during an instrument approach to Coffs Harbour Aerodrome in New South Wales. Royal Flying Doctor Service of Victoria, Australia, was operating the airplane under the provisions of Australian civil aviation regulations. The three crewmembers and the sole passenger were injured in the accident.

VH-AMR was on a GPS approach in IMC and heavy rain when the left main wheel contacted the ocean and separated from the airplane. The crew initiated a go-around and made another approach to the runway, landing on the nose gear, right main gear and the left main gear strut. The left main gear, both wings and the left-engine nacelle sustained damage. The accident is under investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.