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.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200, Travis AFB, Calif., May 16, 2008–The accident was caused by the pilot’s inadvertently raising the King Air’s landing gear on landing, according to the NTSB. The pilot explained that the J-hook that locks in place over
the landing-gear handle was engaging and disengaging and he mistakenly raised the landing gear instead of the flaps.
Rockwell Commander 690B, Baker City, Ore., June 24, 2008–The Commander’s right main landing gear collapsed on landing at Baker City Municipal Airport. The pilot told the NTSB that this was “the first flight after the airplane had come out of a five-year landing-gear maintenance inspection.” The landing-gear boss, which houses the clevis attached to the right main landing-gear hydraulic actuator, was found to be fractured.
Cessna 750 Citation X, New York, N.Y., April 3, 2008–On landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the copilot of WM Aviation’s Citation X said he did not have nosewheel steering, brakes or any feeling of engine thrust reverse at about 80 knots. Despite emergency air brake application, the jet veered off the runway and collided with a dirt divider, shearing off the left main landing gear and buckling the nosegear.
Bombardier expressed “regrets” about a March 13, 2007, accident involving a Q400 turboprop at Japan’s Kochi Airport after the Japanese Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission (JARAIC) in late May found that a missing bolt caused the airplane’s nose landing gear door to jam, forcing a gear-up landing. None of the 60 passengers and crew aboard the ANA/Air Central flight sustained injuries in the accident.
Cessna has chosen Smiths Aerospace to provide the hydraulic actuation and display systems for the new Citation CJ3 jet announced here at NBAA on Monday. Initial deliveries of the equipment will begin in 2004 with full production to start two years later. Smiths (Booth No. 4357) expects the deal to result in $20 million in sales through the life of the program.
Messier-Dowty believes that the success of its fully packaged landing gear for Bombardier’s Global Express and Continental and Raytheon’s Hawker Horizon has allowed the system-supplier concept to take root in business aviation. The group has high hopes of being named the landing gear system supplier for both Dassault’s new Falcon FNX program and Raytheon’s Hawker 450.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200, Leonardtown, Md., Oct. 12, 2006–The NTSB said the King Air’s gear collapse on landing was caused by the airplane manufacturer’s inadequate landing-gear downlock plate maintenance orientation information, and the resulting disengagement of the main landing gear.
BEECH 1900D, ROCHESTER, N.Y., JUNE 3, 2000–The Safety Board determined probable cause for a gear-up landing by a CommutAir Beech 1900D during a regularly scheduled flight. According to the NTSB, “The reversal of landing gear hydraulic lines by company maintenance personnel [caused the failure].
LEARJET 25, ITHACA, N.Y., AUG. 24, 2001–Investigators are delving into the circumstances that caused a Learjet to crash into a fence on takeoff from the Tompkins County Airport in Ithaca. The flight lasted only seconds and the business jet came to rest less than half a mile from the departure end of Runway 32. Both of the ATP-rated pilots perished.