421 down @ PGV


Cessna 421 N49DD failed to get airborne departing PGV @ 4pm Monday, June 3rd running off the end of the runway. The plane was taking off, bottomed out and skidded down the runway. Two people were on board at the time of the incident, and one was transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.



Hey av8-Preliminary report from the NTSB.

NTSB Identification: NYC08LA204
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, June 02, 2008 in Greenville, NC
Aircraft: Cessna 421C, registration: N49DD
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

On June 2, 2008, at 1705 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 421C, N49DD, was substantially damaged when its landing gear retracted during takeoff from the Pitt-Greenville Airport (PGV), Greenville, North Carolina. The certificated airline transport pilot was not injured, and a passenger received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight which was destined for Wilmington International Airport (ILM), Wilmington, North Carolina. The corporate flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91.

According to the pilot, as he taxied the airplane for departure, the hydraulic flow light remained illuminated at a “higher than normal” engine revolution per minute (rpm). He then taxied the airplane back to the ramp in order to have a mechanic investigate the cause for the light. The mechanic told him that it was “probably a sensor problem,” and that the hydraulic reservoir was full. The pilot started the left engine, the only engine that was shut off for the mechanic, and taxied back to runway 2 for departure. On departure roll, about 90 knots, he heard a loud “bang,” the airplane’s nose began to drop, the pilot applied back pressure to the controls, followed by the right wing dropping, and then the left wing. The airplane impacted the runway, slid on the underside of the fuselage, and stopped on the right edge of the paved portion of the runway. The passenger exited the airplane, while the pilot shut off the master switch, fuel switch, and mixture. The pilot further stated that during the preflight inspection prior to the first taxi out for takeoff, he saw the three green lights, in the cockpit, representing that the gear was down and locked. The pilot did not recall if he observed the three green lights again prior to the accident. The pilot reported that the only mechanical anomaly was the hydraulic flow light indication prior to the accident.

The airplane was lifted from the runway, utilizing a crane, scraping damage was noted to the skin on the underside of the fuselage, and all three landing gear appeared in the retracted position. The airplane was transported to the ramp area of the airport, where the owner of a local flight school and maintenance facility deployed the landing gear utilizing the emergency gear extension bottle and all three landing gear deployed to the down position.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector examined the airplane, after the landing gear had been extended. Due to the lack of available personnel the inspector was unable to check control continuity. The inspector noted a hole in the pressure vessel on the co-pilot side of the cockpit, caused by a small piece of the propeller. The airplane was retained for further examination.

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