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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 28 February 2009
Time:08:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic SB20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Saab 2000
Operator:Carpatair
Registration: YR-SBI
C/n / msn: 052
First flight: 1997-10-21 (11 years 4 months)
Total airframe hrs:8754
Cycles:7756
Engines: 2 Allison AE2100A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 48
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 52
Airplane damage: Minor
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Timisoara Airport (TSR) (   Romania)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Chisinau Airport (KIV/LUKK), Moldova
Destination airport:Timisoara Airport (TSR/LRTR), Romania
Narrative:
A Saab 2000 aircraft belonging to Carpatair was involved in a landing accident at Timisoara Airport, Romania.
During approach to Timisoara Airport (TSR), the crew of the aircraft noticed that the nose landing gear did not come to the extended down position. A missed approach was performed and the air traffic controllers were informed accordingly. Having enough fuel on board, the aircraft entered a holding pattern. Several attempts to release the nose gear were made and a low pass over the runway was performed to check the nose landing gear position. This was confirmed from the ground to be in the up position and therefore an emergency landing was decided.
The landing was done successfully. The aircraft stopped on the centerline axis shortly after the nose of the aircraft had touched the runway surface.
Passengers disembarked through the front passenger door. No passenger or crew member was injured.

Probable Cause:

Causes of the accident:
(1) The accident was caused by blocking of the front landing gear of the plane in retracted position.
(2) Damage to the securing pin of the the piston damper of the front landing gear determined the blockage of the front wheel at a position rotated clockwise 10° of the axis of the aircraft.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: CIAS Romania
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 11 months
Accident number: NR. A12-04
Download report: Final report


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Distance from Chisinau Airport to Timisoara Airport as the crow flies is 591 km (370 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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