Thursday, January 28, 2016

Cessna 340A, N346MC, Pacific FBO Properties LLC: Accident occurred January 27, 2016 at Meadows Field Airport (KBFL), Bakersfield, Kern County, California


NTSB Identification: WPR16LA058
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in Bakersfield, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 340A, registration: N346MC
Injuries: 1 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 January 27, 2016, about 0939 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 340A airplane, N346MC, was substantially damaged during a landing attempt at Meadows Field Airport (BFL), Bakersfield, California. The airplane was operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The airline transport pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight that departed Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), Santa Barbara, California, at 0900. 

According to the pilot, he entered the left base leg of the airport traffic pattern and deployed the landing gear. He received "gear unlocked" indications for the right main landing gear, and then executed a flyover of runway 30R. After an air traffic controller confirmed the landing gear was down, the pilot retracted the gear and departed the traffic pattern to the west to troubleshoot the indication. He then manually cranked the landing gear to the down position, but continued to receive unlocked indications for the affected gear. When he returned to the airport to land the pilot touched down on the left main landing gear first and gently put weight on the right gear, but the right main landing gear collapsed during the subsequent landing roll. 

Photographs taken by the Federal Aviation Administration showed that the airplane had sustained substantial damage to the right aileron. Examination of the right main landing gear well revealed a broken downlock brace.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Van Nuys FSDO-01


A twin Cessna suffered a landing gear collapse upon landing at Meadows Field Wednesday morning, according to airport director Richard Strickland.

It happened just before 9:30 a.m. 

The pilot of the plane radioed Meadows tower saying he had a landing gear issue, Strickland said.

The pilot did a fly-by so the tower could look at the landing gear and they told the pilot it looked okay, according to Strickland.

He said when the plane landed the landing gear collapsed and the plane went "belly down" on the runway.

Strickland said "belly down" is when the fuselage of the plane contacts pavement.

The pilot was the only person on board and Strickland said he was able to self-evacuate from the plane.

Strickland said the main runway at Meadows is closed for an unknown amount of time.

He said the incident will not impact commercial traffic because those planes will land on the alternate runway, 30 left.

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According to airport officials, a Twin Cessna plane's landing gear collapsed when it landed at Meadows Field on Wednesday morning.

Meadows Field director Richard Strickland said that this all happened at around 9:28 AM and said the pilot of the plane contacted the Meadows tower that he was having some landing gear issues.

Strickland added that the pilot did a fly by so the tower could see if there were any problems with the landing gear. 

When the plane landed on the main runway, the landing gear collapsed and the plane went belly down, according to Strickland.

Strickland added that the pilot was the only person on board and was able to leave the plane. 

The main runway was reopened later in the afternoon. 

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