Descripción del Accidente ASN 14 OCT 2020 Beechcraft 99A Airliner N499CZ - Waterville-Robert Lafleur Airport, ME (WVL)
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Estado:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Fecha:mircoles 14 octubre 2020
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic BE99 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 99A Airliner
Operador:Freight Runners Express
Registración: N499CZ
Numéro de série: U-81
Año de Construcción: 1969
Horas Totales de la Célula:39544
Motores: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-28
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 1
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 1
Daños en la Aeronave: Considerable
Consecuencias: Repaired
Ubicación:Waterville-Robert Lafleur Airport, ME (WVL) (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Carreteando (TXI)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, NH (MHT/KMHT), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Waterville-Robert Lafleur Airport, ME (WVL/KWVL), Estados Unidos de América
While taxiing to the ramp, the airplane's right main landing gear collapsed, resulting in substantial damage to the right wing. Examination of the right main landing gear drag leg support fitting and angle bracket revealed several areas of fatigue cracking with multiple origins. The attach angle bracket fracture exhibited features consistent with fatigue.
The reason for the crack initiation could not be determined.
A review of the maintenance procedures performed on the right main landing gear 8 days prior to the accident found that they instructed the mechanic to add grease to the drag leg fitting. The procedures did not specify to examine the landing gear for fatigue cracking or anomalies; therefore, it is unlikely that the mechanic would have looked in the area of the cracked main landing gear drag leg support fitting and angle bracket. Furthermore, there was no nondestructive testing procedures for examining the main landing gear drag brace, so it's unlikely an inspection would have detected the multiple areas of fatigue cracking.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: A failure of the right main landing gear drag leg support fitting and angle bracket as a result of multiple areas of fatigue cracking.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years
Accident number: ERA21LA021
Download report: Summary report


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Distance from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, NH to Waterville-Robert Lafleur Airport, ME as the crow flies is 226 km (141 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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