2014-08-20 Florida Air Transport Douglas C-54 emergency landing at New Smyrna Beach
The vintage four-engine aircraft made an emergency landing on runway 11 at New Smyrna Beach Airport, FL, USA following a mechanical fault within the nosegear system.
On approach, the pilots were unable to extend the nosegear. Consequently, the crew was forced to carry out an emergency landing only on the maingear.
The aircraft skidded to a halt about 500 meters after touchdown. Direcvtional control was maintained and the C-54 came to rest in the middle of the runway just behind the intersection of runway 20.
There was no fire.
All on board left the aircraft unhurt.
Other sources reported the aircraft landed hard causing its nosegear to fail.
Date: 2014-08-20 Time: 15:57
Location: KEVB New Smyrna Beach Mun
Flight phase: LDG – Flare, Landing Roll, Aborted Landing after Touchdown
Damage to a/c: substantial
From: – To: KEVB/: New Smyrna Beach Municipal AP
Operator: Florida Air Transport
Type: Douglas DC-4 / C-54 Skymaster
Age a/c: 69,0 years
Constr. No.: 22178
Occupants & Casualties
JACDEC 20-year Statistics :
- 1st safety occurence for the operator
- 13th safety occurence of type
- 1st safety occurence at airport
- 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question
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