Saturday, May 10, 2008

This King Air has a particularly nasty gear failure, with only the nosegear being available. The story goes that the wheels came off the King Air when it went to land the first time, but I have no details. If you watch the video to the end, there is a quick shot of a piece of landing gear laying on the runway, but no back-story.

I thought the guy was gonna lose it, but it turns out pretty well.




"Raw video,May 06/08:The wheels came off the plane when the pilot tried to land at Dunn Airpark in Titusville,Florida. He was able to land the plane on a grassy landing strip on a second attempt.

One other person was on board. They were both reportedly okay."

4 comments:

Paul Tomblin said...

Wow, the props were still spinning after it came to a stop, so that probably means no engine tear down. (Actually, I don't know if you need to do an engine tear down after something stops the props on a turboprop.)

Sulako said...

It depends on the turbine engine in question. A PT-6 engine doesn't have a mechanical link between the props and the actual turbine that generates the power - also known as a 'free' turbine. The props are spun via compressed air being forced through a separate turbine which spins the prop.

A Garrett engine has a metal shaft linking the gearbox directly to the power turbines, so if the props hit something while turning, that force is directly transmitted to the turbine section, which would mean an engine overhaul...

Sarah said...

I'd love to hear the whole story. The brief shot of one leg & wheel lying on the ground begs the question "wtf?". Did someone put a skull valve-stem cover on the maingear tires?

Cliff said...

Interesting. There seems to be nothing in the NTSB database about this incident so, presumably, it went unreported.