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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 228827
Last updated: 3 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic S2T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Conair Turbo Firecat
Owner/operator:Sécurité Civile
Registration: F-ZBAP
C/n / msn: 026
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Serious incident
Location:Béziers-Cap d'Agde en Languedoc Airport (BZR/LFMU) -   France
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:Béziers-Cap d'Agde en Languedoc Airport (BZR/LFMU)
Destination airport:Béziers-Cap d'Agde en Languedoc Airport (BZR/LFMU)
Investigating agency: BEA-É
Two Turbo Firecat aircraft were prepared for a firefighting mission. The first aircraft (F-ZBAP) was refueled and filled with retardant. On board were a captain and a trainee pilot.
The captain taxied the aircraft to the runway and actuates the left brake pedal in order to stop the aircraft to wait for the second plane. The aircraft collapsed to the left and the captain shut down the engines and activated the left engine fire extinguisher. The crew evacuated unharmed. The aircraft was damaged.

The entire Turbo Firecat fleet of the Sécurité Civile is grounded until further notice.

Causes of the event
Investigations show that the event is a combination of the following causes:
- the landing gear barrel is made of a 7075 T6 alloy sensitive to corrosion ;
- the chamfer of the barrel thread is not covered by the anti-corrosion paint after overhaul;
- the BSC aircraft parking area until April 2017 is classified as a severe environment with regard to corrosion;
- the maintenance of the "according to condition" type of undercarriage does not allow the identified damage to be detected;
- no permanent calendar limit instructions have been issued on the main landing gear during the various evolutions or potential extensions of the aircraft;
- no feedback on general train overhauls has been provided to the DGSCGC;
- users of similar aircraft with identical landing gear do not communicate.

Sources:,8402547.php (photo)

Last ASN occurence (2019) :

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA-É
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Download report: Final report


Taken 15 september 2019 from car rental park

Revision history:

09-Sep-2019 16:19 Iceman 29 Added
09-Sep-2019 16:20 Iceman 29 Updated [Phase]
09-Sep-2019 16:21 Iceman 29 Updated [Source]
09-Sep-2019 17:06 RobertMB Updated [Registration, Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
16-Sep-2019 16:53 Dominique roudier Updated [Photo]
03-Dec-2020 18:31 harro Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report]

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