2016-08-05 Amerijet Metroliner no nosegear landing Sint Maarten

2016-08-05 Amerijet Metroliner no nosegear landing Sint Maarten

2016-08-05 Amerijet Metroliner no nosegear landing Sint Maarten


The aircraft was damaged when it made a landing on without its nosegear at Sint Maarten Airport, Neth. Antilles. There were no injuries.

The cargo aircraft was on approach to Sint Maarten-Princess Juliana Intl Airport when the pilot was unable to extend the nose gear.

He entered a holding pattern near the airport work the appropirate checklists but to no avail. He was finally with no other coice but to land without the nosegear.


On landing runway 10 the pilots held the nose as long in the air as possible, until the speed decayed below the minimal speed and the nose skidded over the runway before coming to a safe stop.

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The pilot deplaned without injury. The only runway was closed until the disabled Metroliner was towed away at around 15:15L.

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Date: 2016-08-05 Time: 14:00
Location: TNCM SXM St Maarten Princess Juliana
Country: Netherl-Antilles
Flight phase: LDG – Flare, Landing Roll, Aborted Landing after Touchdown
Damage to a/c: substantial

Flight no.: A8 6907
From: TJSJ/SJU: San Juan Luis Munoz Marin To: TNCM/SXM: St Maarten Princess Juliana
Type: Cargo
Operator: Ameriflight
Leased from: UPS Airlines

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Aircraft Involved

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Type: Swearingen Metroliner III
Registration: N246DH
Age a/c: 30.8 years
Constr. No.: 625

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 1 0  1
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 4th safety occurence for the operator
  • 159th safety occurence of type (Metroliner)
  • 2nd safety occurence at St. Maarten Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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