NTSB Gives More Details of Beechjet Dual Flameout

 - September 20, 2007, 12:20 PM

The NTSB this week finally released initial factual information about the Flight Options Beechjet 400A that experienced a dual engine flameout on Nov. 28, 2005. Both of the airplane’s Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5 turbofans, which had been inspected 31 hours earlier, failed on a positioning flight to Marcos Island, Fla., when power was reduced after the fractional jet was cleared to descend to FL330 from FL380. The two ATP-rated pilots, the only occupants, declared an emergency. The pilot told the NTSB that he believed ice in the fuel lines caused fuel starvation. Weather was VMC, with light drizzle and an 8,000-foot overcast. Temperature was 21 degrees C and dew point 19 degrees C. Attempts to restart the engines were unsuccessful. The crew was vectored for an emergency landing at Jacksonville International Airport, where the local controller provided mileage calls for the last 15 miles. According to the Safety Board, the twinjet’s right main tire blew after the crew landed the airplane deadstick on the runway. Damage was minor, with no injuries. The incident is still under investigation.