ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 30350
Last updated: 25 October 2014
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Date:19-NOV-1999
Time:1640 PST
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE55 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 95-B55
Owner/operator:Richard E Keith (regd. owner)
Registration: N550RT
C/n / msn: TC-2101
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Petaluma Municipal Airport, Sonoma County, California -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Santa Rosa, CA (STS/KSTS)
Destination airport:Petaluma Municipal Airport, CA
Narrative:
On November 19 1999, the pilot was attempting a short field landing and allowed the airspeed to dissipate too soon. The airplane entered a stall/mush condition and landed hard. The force of the landing bent the engine mounts and broke the wings.

The pilot reported that he had not experienced any mechanical problems with the aircraft. The airplane was equipped with vortex generators on the wings and vertical stabilizer, which, according to the STC developer, reduces the stall, approach and Vmca airspeeds by at least 10 knots. The various reference speed reductions were never approved for inclusion as a supplement to the Pilot's Operating Handbook (POH).

The STC developer said that pilots were supposed to use the original speeds and limitations in the POH. The pilot said he was using an approach speed derived from a sales brochure from the STC maker. The pilot stated that the accident could have been prevented by maintaining 'greater speed.'

Registration N550RT cancelled by the FAA September 17 2002 as aircraft "destroyed"

Sources:
1. http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?nNumberTxt=550RT
2. http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/index.aspx (NTSB Ref. LAX00LA036)
3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petaluma_Municipal_Airport


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
01-Jun-2014 01:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
01-Jun-2014 01:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
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