June 3, 2010, Fort Worth, Texas, Beech C90 King Air


The airplane, registered to and operated by the FAA, was substantially damaged at approximately 1430 Central time when the nose landing gear collapsed on landing. Visual conditions prevailed for the training and proficiency flight. The two pilots aboard the airplane were not injured.

After some air work, takeoffs and landings were planned. When the landing gear was cycled, the crew heard a loud “bang” and observed a “gear unsafe” indication. After a fly-by, ATC reported the main landing gear appeared to be up and the nose landing gear appeared partially extended. After troubleshooting and discussing the situation with the chief pilot, the director of maintenance and Hawker-Beechcraft, the main landing gear was manually extended and the airplane was landed. As speed dissipated, the nose gear folded and the airplane slid to a stop.


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