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Last updated: 22 September 2021
Status:Definitief
Datum:donderdag 17 mei 2012
Tijd:07:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic SH36 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Shorts 360-100
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Air Cargo Carriers
Registratie: N617FB
Constructienummer: SH.3617
Bouwjaar: 1983-07-20 (28 years 10 months)
Aantal vlieguren:27504
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65AR
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 2
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 2
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Houston-George Bush Intercontinental Airport, TX (IAH) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Taxi (TXI)
Soort vlucht:Vracht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Houston-George Bush Intercontinental Airport, TX (IAH/KIAH), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, TX (AUS/KAUS), Verenigde Staten
Beschrijving:
A Shorts 360, N617FB, was substantially damaged following a wheel brake fire during taxi at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, Texas. The airline transport pilot and commercial co-pilot were not injured. The airplane was taxiing to position for takeoff from runway 8R and its intended destination was Austin, Texas.

The flight crew reported that the airplane was about 60 pounds over its maximum weight for takeoff. Since their taxi to the assigned runway was long, they decided to reduce weight by using higher-than-normal engine power settings while maintaining some amount of braking to control speed while taxiing in order to burn fuel prior to takeoff. During the taxi, the right and left main landing gear tires deflated when the fusible plugs in the wheels blew out due to over-heating, and a fire ignited in the right wheel housing. The crew reported that they felt the airplane yaw as the tires deflated and were informed via radio by a following airplane that their right wheel was on fire. The crew brought the airplane to a stop on the taxiway, evacuated, and attempted to extinguish the fire with two hand-held fire extinguishers. Airport fire fighting personnel arrived on scene and extinguished the fire using foam suppressant. The fire resulted in substantial damage to the wing support structures.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilots’ improper decision to burn fuel during the taxi by operating the engines at a higher-than-normal power setting and using the wheel brakes to control taxi speed, which resulted in a wheel fire."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Accident number: CEN12LA335
Download report: Summary report

Bronnen:
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photo of Shorts-360-100-N617FB
accident date: 17-05-2012
type: Shorts 360-100
registration: N617FB
photo of Shorts-360-100-N617FB
accident date: 17-05-2012
type: Shorts 360-100
registration: N617FB
photo of Shorts-360-100-N617FB
accident date: 17-05-2012
type: Shorts 360-100
registration: N617FB
photo of Shorts-360-100-N617FB
accident date: 17-05-2012
type: Shorts 360-100
registration: N617FB
 

Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Houston-George Bush Intercontinental Airport, TX en Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, TX bedraagt 224 km (140 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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