Accident Beechcraft 1900D F-HALS, Thursday 25 January 2007
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Date:Thursday 25 January 2007
Type:Silhouette image of generic B190 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft 1900D
Registration: F-HALS
MSN: UE-379
Year of manufacture:1999
Total airframe hrs:3338 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:St. Moritz-Samedan Airport (SMV) -   Switzerland
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG/LFPB)
Destination airport:St. Moritz-Samedan Airport (SMV/LSZS)
Investigating agency: BFU Switz.
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On approach to Samedan Airport (SMV), the crew did not obtain three greens. The nosegear did not appear locked down. After a go around it was established from another aircraft that the nosegear was down. A normal approach was then carried out. Upon landing the nosegear retracted and the pilot lost directional control of the airplane. It turned left, departed the runway and collided with a snow bank.
The landing gear was probably damaged by a foreign object upon retraction after takeoff from Paris. Maintenance was accomplished on the landing gear during the 50-hours inspection prior to the accident flight. A tool was possibly left inside the landing gear bay.

CAUSES: The accident was due to the fact that after touchdown the nose landing gear retracted due to damage and thereby control of the airplane was lost, whereupon it collided with obstacles.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BFU Switz.
Report number: Nr. 2052
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 8 months
Download report: Final report





photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Praha-Ruzyne International Airport (PRG/LKPR); August 2004

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