Accident Boeing 727-2B6F Adv. N720CK, Monday 28 January 2019
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Date:Monday 28 January 2019
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 727-2B6F Adv.
Owner/operator:Kalitta Charters
Registration: N720CK
MSN: 21298/1246
Year of manufacture:1977
Total airframe hrs:57932 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, written off
Location:Tuscaloosa Regional Airport, AL (TCL) -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Laredo International Airport, TX (LRD/KLRD)
Destination airport:Tuscaloosa Regional Airport, AL (TCL/KTCL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Kalitta Charters Boeing 727-2B6F, N720CK, landed with the nose gear retracted on runway 4 at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport (TCL), Alabama, USA. The airplane was substantially damaged and there were no injuries to the three flight crew and one non-revenue company mechanic onboard.
The flight departed Laredo International Airport, Texas, USA at 18:26 CST on an IFR flight plan. There were no irregularities or operational issues reported during the takeoff and enroute portion of the flight. According to the flight crew, the captain was the pilot flying when the accident occurred.
At 19:58, the Birmingham Approach air traffic controller advised the crew that the wind at TCL was from 200 degrees at 4 knots. The crew acknowledged and advised that they would use runway 4. The controller instructed them to report the airport in sight. At 20:01, the crew reported the airport in sight, and the controller cleared them for the visual approach. There was no communication regarding any difficulty with the airplane.
According to the flight crew, about 12 miles from the airport the captain called for flaps 15 and gear down. After the gear was selected down, the CVR recorded the first officer stating, "yeah it's down, but [unintelligible] the lights [unintelligible]"
The crew reported that they noted a red warning light for the nose gear position, and heard the audible gear warning horn. The CVR recorded the captain queried, "what horn was that?" and the first officer (FO) responded, "[unintelligible] gear warning horn."
The flight engineer (FE) stated that he recommended that they recycle the gear, the captain declined. The FO stated that he recommended that they go around to troubleshoot, the captain declined. The CVR recorded multiple automated "sink rate, pull up" warnings and the captain responded, "yeah, yeah, I got it." The FO then queried, "you gonna go around?", and the captain responded, "ah I'm gonna go I got, it, I got it."
The captain reportedly stated that the airplane had a history of a microswitch issue, and pressed on the gear handle and light. As the power was reduced to idle, the gear warning horn and the GPWS audible alerts sounded.
The captain continued the approach and after landing, upon derotation, the forward fuselage contacted the runway and the airplane quickly slid to a stop with the nose gear retracted. After the airplane came to a stop, the captain stated, "it wasn't down," and the FO made a radio call to tower. About five seconds later the FO stated, "shoulda gone around," and the captain responded, "yeah, shoulda."

Probable cause: "the captain's decision to continue the landing with an unsafe gear indication.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: DCA19LA070
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report



History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

30 May 2016 N720CK Kalitta Charters II LLC 0 Chino Airport (KCNO), Chino, CA sub
Collision with other aircraft on apron



photo (c) NTSB; Tuscaloosa Regional Airport, AL (TCL); 28 January 2019

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