Monday, January 4, 2016

Beech 200 King Air, N275X, Skyway Aircraft Inc: Accident occurred January 04, 2016 at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (KPIE), Pinellas County, Florida

Skyway Aircraft Inc:

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Miami FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: ERA16CA080 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 04, 2016 in Clearwater, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/14/2016
Aircraft: BEECH 200, registration: N275X
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot of the multiengine turbine-powered airplane departed on a positioning flight to a nearby airport to have the flaps examined. The pilot performed the landing checklist, which included extending the landing gear when the airplane was about 7 miles from the destination airport. Upon contacting the control tower, he was informed that the airplane was number two to land and was provided a vector for sequencing. After about 4 minutes, the pilot was instructed to turn toward the airport and cleared to land. The pilot stated that during his preparation for a no flap landing, he forgot that he had retracted and not subsequently lowered the landing gear. During the landing flare, the control tower stated "gear" and he attempted to abort the landing; however, the airplane contacted the runway and slid to a stop, about 2,500 feet beyond the beginning of the runway. A fuel bladder leak resulted in a fire in the area of the left engine nacelle and substantial damage to the left wing. The pilot stated that he did not hear a landing gear warning horn prior to the accident. According to the airplane flight manual, the landing gear warning would activate intermittently with the gear not down below a certain power setting. Postaccident damage precluded a functional check of the landing gear warning system; however, the pilot stated that he utilized additional power during the no flap landing and that he did not recall the specific power setting used. He further reported about 12,600 hours of total flight experience, which included about 955 hours in the same make and model as the accident airplane.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to properly configure the airplane's landing gear prior to landing, which resulted in a gear-up landing.

CLEARWATER (FOX 13) - No one was hurt when a small plane skidded to a stop along a runway at St. Pete Clearwater Airport late this morning.

The plane's landing gear collapsed and one of the two engines caught fire during the emergency landing.  Fire crews quickly extinguished the blaze.

The view from SkyFOX showed several emergency vehicles surrounding the plane, which was still doused in firefighting foam.  Airport officials say the pilot was not hurt.

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