Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Amarillo, Texas, Feb. 4, 2010–The Board identified the pilot’s loss of directional control while landing on an icy runway as the cause of the MU-2’s runway excursion. The Part 135 flight was landing in night visual conditions at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, when the pilot was informed that the runway was covered in snow and ice.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90, Fort Worth, Texas, June 3, 2010–The King Air, owned and operated by the FAA, was substantially damaged when the nose landing gear collapsed on landing at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. While cycling the gear during an inspector currency flight, the crew reported hearing a loud bang and observed a “gear unsafe” indication.
Dassault Falcon 10, Minneapolis, May 28, 2010–The twinjet made a safe emergency landing after losing its nosewheel on takeoff from Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, Minn. The pilots immediately felt something was amiss and flew by the tower, which confirmed the damage to the landing gear.
The Mexican-registered twinjet was substantially damaged when it departed the runway on takeoff from Eagle County Regional Airport en route to Chihuahua, Mexico. The airport manager told investigators that the jet’s left main landing gear tire “blew” during the departure roll, and the captain was unable to stop the airplane in the remaining distance.
The pilot told investigators that after takeoff he experienced a primary trim failure but continued to his destination airport using secondary trim. During final approach in clear daylight conditions, the pilot reported difficulty locating traffic and noticed his airspeed was too high to lower the landing gear. After spotting the preceding aircraft on short final, he “continued working the trim” using toggle switches on the center pedestal.
The pilot’s failure to follow the proper manual landing-gear extension procedure caused the gear-up landing, which resulted in substantial damage to the King Air, according to the NTSB. The ATP-rated pilot told investigators that he attempted
At the conclusion of an uneventful Part 121 flight from San Francisco to Ontario, the crew attempted to lower the landing gear. Only the main gear extended and the crew used emergency procedures in an unsuccessful attempt to extend the nosegear. Following an aborted landing, a low-level flyby past the tower confirmed that the nosegear doors were open but the nosegear was still in its retracted position.
Dassault received EASA and the FAA approval for the autobrake feature on the Falcon 2000EX series, which includes the 2000EX, 2000EX EASy, 2000DX and 2000LX. Designed for short runways, the feature adds greater safety margins by reducing landing distances by as much as 150 feet on normal approaches and 300 feet on steep approaches.
Socata TBM700, Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 26, 2010–After approaching the destination airport near dusk in deteriorating weather, the pilot forgot to lower the landing gear before landing, causing substantial damage to the aircraft’s fuselage skin, stringers and wing attachment fittings.
Dassault is about to receive certification for a “nose-up autobrake” feature to further cut Falcon 2000-series landing distances, chief test pilot Philippe Deleume told AIN last month. The technique will reduce landing distances by approximately 150 feet, thus helping the 2000DX/EX/LX meet London City Airport requirements.