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Beech 200 landed with nose wheel half down at Sion (LSGS)

Old 5th Dec 2020, 15:58
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Beech 200 landed with nose wheel half down at Sion (LSGS)

On Nov. 23, 2020 HB-GJM had problems lowering the gear in St. Tropez and diverted back to Switzerland. The crew could in the meantime lower the main gear, the nose wheel stayed in mid-down position. They returned to departure airport in Sion (LSGS) where they performed a successful landing with the nose wheel partly extended and were supported by Firebrigades (including Geneva-team) as well as foam. No injury. Bravo to the pilot.

HB-GJM Beechcraft 200 King Air
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Old 5th Dec 2020, 18:19
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Some live ATC and visual inspection by F18's can be found here:
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Old 5th Dec 2020, 20:04
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Thumbs up

It appears they had the time and foresight to shut down and feather both engines. Good work all round.
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Old 5th Dec 2020, 20:11
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Will it do much good (avoiding an expensive overhaul) feathering the props if they get firm ground contact? The forces must surely be transmitted onto the shafts of the engines?
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Old 5th Dec 2020, 20:52
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No idea really, as I no longer fly props, but as a free turbine, one might assume that with checks on allowable tolerances ?
It's not exactly the shock loaded piston engined case, and if there is no rotation it tends to help.
Best ask someone who really knows ... I would usually start with a PT6 qualified engineer :-)
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Old 5th Dec 2020, 23:05
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Did the GVA fire brigade actually drive there ? Or did they happen to be around !?
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Old 6th Dec 2020, 18:16
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The PT6 Maintenance manual has an "if - then" section. So you look at the list to see what damage exists and it links you to the required action. I don't have convenient access to the MM but I strongly suspect t that in this case, both engines will be removed and sent to a P&W service center where the whole engine will be disassembled and checked.
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