Accident Beechcraft 58 Baron ZS-MBT, Friday 16 February 2024
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Date:Friday 16 February 2024
Time:08:15 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE58 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft 58 Baron
Owner/operator:
Registration: ZS-MBT
MSN: TH-129
Total airframe hrs:6366 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Nelspruit Airport (FANS) -   South Africa
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Hoedspruit Airport (FAHT)
Destination airport:Nelspruit Airport (NLP/FANS)
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The pilot reported that the take-off, flight and approach to FANS were uneventful. He stated that after the air traffic control (ATC) cleared him to land, he extended the landing gears and the three green lights illuminated on the instrument panel, which indicated that the undercarriage was in 'down and locked' position. The pilot also configured the flaps to Stage 2. He stated that after touchdown during the landing roll at approximately 150 metres (m) from the threshold and whilst the aircraft's speed decreased and the weight settled on the landing gears, the nose gear collapsed which caused the nose section to drop. Subsequently, the left main gear and the right main gear dropped, and thus, both propellers struck the ground. The aircraft veered off to the left and exited the runway; it skidded on its belly for approximately 5m before it stopped on the grass facing north-west.
A witness who was at the hangars had captured the event on a mobile phone as the aircraft was landing. The video footage showed the aircraft's approach and descent near the runway. As it neared a flaring height, the aircraft's landing gears began to extend. The aircraft maintained a slight float and immediately touched down with the main landing gears; it rolled along the runway until the nose landing gear dropped. As soon as the aircraft's weight settled, it collapsed and the nose section dropped, followed by the main landing gears. This caused the aircraft's belly to contact the runway; thereafter, it skidded and veered off to the left side of the runway.
The aircraft sustained damage to the nose section, both propellers and the belly.

Probable Cause(s)
The landing gears were extended late during final approach and the aircraft touched down whilst the landing gears were transitioning and, thus, collapsed.

Contributing Factor(s)
Failure to conduct a go-around after the landing gear audio warning sounded.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Report number: CA18/2/3/10421
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

SACAA

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

8 May 2000 ZS-MBT Balmoral Central Contacts SA P/L 0 Approximately 20nm South of Harare min
18 June 2005 ZS-MBT 20 nm from Vivo, Limpopo

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-May-2024 09:25 ASN Added
16-May-2024 09:27 ASN Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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