Aircraft Crashes Off the Runway and Landing Gear Collapse

This is first of a series of Air Crash investigation videos. In this video, an aircraft crashes off the runway and Landing Gear Collapse. It was a training flight in a multi-engine aircraft simulating an engine failure during the take-off roll.

This video is a recreation of an actual Aircraft Accident Investigation involving a Beechcraft Duchess BE76 running off the side of the runway and suffering a nose gear collapse.

During a Biennial flight review, the flight instructor simulated a Left Engine failure during the take-off roll by pulling the Left Mixture lever to idle cut-off. The Left engine stopped as expected, however the pilot did not react quickly enough, nor did the flight instructor. The instructor tried to pull the mixture on the Right Mixture lever, however his hand missed the Right Mixture lever. Resulting in a loss of directional control.

Neither of the pilots onboard were injured, nor was there any fire. However the aircraft fuselage suffered substantial damage. The flight instructor reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engines.

The NTSB investigation findings concluded that the accident happened as a result of the pilot not maintaining directional control during the simulated Left engine failure on the take-off roll. Also the Flight Instructors delayed remedial action to maintain directional control and reduce the Right engine mixture control contributed.

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The official NTSB report is Accident Number GAA17CA056, which can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. Download the Official Aircraft Accident Investigation Report GAA17CA056.

Ashley Wincer

An Indianapolis based Australian working towards building flight time to meet the US ATP requirements. Works full time as an Aircraft Fueler and Aircraft Deicer during winter operations. Previously has worked as a US Flight Dispatcher, Ramp Agent and Operations Ramp Controller.

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