COBB AVIATION SERVICES INC: http://registry.faa.govN999VB
NTSB Identification: CEN16LA076
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 30, 2015 in Gary, IN
Aircraft: BEECH 200, registration: N999VB
Injuries: 9 Uninjured.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On December 30, 2015 about 0900, central standard time, a Beech 200, airplane, N999VB, had a hard landing at the Gary/Chicago International Airport (GYY), near Gary, Indiana. The pilot and eight passengers were uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial damage during the hard landing. The airplane was registered to and operated by Cobb Aviation Services Inc. as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 non-scheduled domestic passenger flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed about the time of the accident, and the flight was operating on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI), near Springfield, Illinois, about 0800, and was destined for GYY.
Witnesses at on the ramp at SPI did not see anything unusual in reference to the airplane and pilot when the passengers boarded the airplane.
According to preliminary information, the pilot indicated that the airplane encountered structural icing conditions while enroute to GYY. During the landing, the airplane landed hard.
Witnesses on the ramp at GYY observed that the airplane sustained a hard landing. One witness observed that fluid was leaking from the left side of the airplane near its wheels. Additionally, he noted that there was ice on the leading edge of both wings.
The pilot held a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airline transport pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine and multiengine land, and instrument-airplane. The pilot also held a second-class medical certificate that was issued in June of 2015.
N999VB was a 1980 model Beech Super King Air 200, all-metal, low-wing, twin-turboprop monoplane with serial number BB-645. The airplane's design incorporates fully cantilevered wings and a T-tail empennage.
At 0845, the recorded weather at GYY was: Wind 250 degrees at 7 knots, visibility 10 miles, overcast clouds at 1,300 feet, temperature 0 degrees C, dew point -4 degrees C, and altimeter setting 30.20 inches of mercury.
Radar data in reference to the accident flight has been requested from the FAA and a weather study will be conducted.
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 200
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: None
Activity: On Demand
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Aircraft Operator: COBB AVIATION SERVICES
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA South Bend FSDO-17
AIRCRAFT ON LANDING SUSTAINED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE, GARY, IN.