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Last updated: 22 October 2020
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:jeudi 17 mai 2012
Heure:07:15
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic SH36 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Shorts 360-100
Compagnie:Air Cargo Carriers
Immatriculation: N617FB
Numéro de série: SH.3617
Année de Fabrication: 1983-07-20 (28 years 10 months)
Heures de vol:27504
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65AR
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 2
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 2
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Houston-George Bush Intercontinental Airport, TX (IAH) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: Au roulage (TXI)
Nature:Cargo
Aéroport de départ:Houston-George Bush Intercontinental Airport, TX (IAH/KIAH), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, TX (AUS/KAUS), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Détails:
A Shorts 360, N617FB, was substantially damaged following a wheel brake fire during taxi at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, Texas. The airline transport pilot and commercial co-pilot were not injured. The airplane was taxiing to position for takeoff from runway 8R and its intended destination was Austin, Texas.

The flight crew reported that the airplane was about 60 pounds over its maximum weight for takeoff. Since their taxi to the assigned runway was long, they decided to reduce weight by using higher-than-normal engine power settings while maintaining some amount of braking to control speed while taxiing in order to burn fuel prior to takeoff. During the taxi, the right and left main landing gear tires deflated when the fusible plugs in the wheels blew out due to over-heating, and a fire ignited in the right wheel housing. The crew reported that they felt the airplane yaw as the tires deflated and were informed via radio by a following airplane that their right wheel was on fire. The crew brought the airplane to a stop on the taxiway, evacuated, and attempted to extinguish the fire with two hand-held fire extinguishers. Airport fire fighting personnel arrived on scene and extinguished the fire using foam suppressant. The fire resulted in substantial damage to the wing support structures.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilots’ improper decision to burn fuel during the taxi by operating the engines at a higher-than-normal power setting and using the wheel brakes to control taxi speed, which resulted in a wheel fire."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Accident number: CEN12LA335
Download report: Summary report

Sources:
» NTSB


Photos

photo of Shorts-360-100-N617FB
accident date: 17-05-2012
type: Shorts 360-100
registration: N617FB
photo of Shorts-360-100-N617FB
accident date: 17-05-2012
type: Shorts 360-100
registration: N617FB
photo of Shorts-360-100-N617FB
accident date: 17-05-2012
type: Shorts 360-100
registration: N617FB
photo of Shorts-360-100-N617FB
accident date: 17-05-2012
type: Shorts 360-100
registration: N617FB
 

Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Houston-George Bush Intercontinental Airport, TX et Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, TX est de 224 km (140 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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