Pilot error cited in NTSB remaining report of 2019 Earnhardt Jr. aircraft crash
Pilot error was the possible trigger and the findings of the NTSB within the 2019 aircraft crash involving Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his household.
A 15-page remaining report was launched Wednesday afternoon. It cited, “The pilot’s continuation of an unstabilized strategy regardless of recognizing related cues, and the flight crew’s resolution to not provoke a go-around earlier than landing, which resulted in a bounced touchdown, a lack of airplane management, a touchdown gear collapse, and a runway tour.
“Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s failure to deploy the speedbrakes throughout the preliminary landing, which can have prevented the runway tour, and the pilot’s try and go round after the deployment of the thrust reversers.”
Earnhardt was on his approach to Bristol Motor Speedway August 15 for his position on the NBC Sports activities broadcast. The crash occurred because the Textron Aviation Inc 680 plane was making an attempt to land in Elizabethton, Tenn.
The NTSB reported famous the preflight, departure, and cruise parts of the flight have been uneventful. Onboard have been two pilots, Earnhardt alongside together with his spouse Amy, daughter Isla, and canine Gus. Neither pilot was injured, whereas minor accidents have been reported to the three passengers.
On the occasions main up the touchdown, the NTSB report states:
“Because the strategy continued, the airplane crossed a ridgeline at 710 ft above floor stage, which triggered a terrain consciousness and warning system alert. Additional, the flight crew made a number of feedback in regards to the airplane flying too quick and allowed the airspeed to extend nicely above the reference pace for the strategy.
“At (about 1 minute 52 seconds earlier than touchdown), the pilot pulled again the throttles to idle, the place they stayed for the rest of the strategy. In an try and gradual the airplane for touchdown, the pilot partially prolonged the speedbrakes when the airplane was beneath 500 (ft above floor stage), which is prohibited within the airplane flight guide. 5 seconds earlier than landing, the airplane’s descent price was 1,500 ft per minute, which exceeded the utmost allowed for touchdown per the (guide) of 600 fpm.”
The aircraft bounced a complete of 4 instances. On the fourth try, “the airplane touched down exhausting and the precise most important touchdown gear then collapsed beneath the wing.”
After the aircraft ran off the runway, it caught hearth. Initially, these on board have been unable to get the cabin entry door open. After additionally failing to get the emergency escape hatch open, a second try was profitable, and all have been in a position to exit the plane. The aircraft was destroyed within the hearth.
Earnhardt didn’t take part within the weekend’s broadcast after the accident. He returned to the observe the next week not solely as a commentator however with a top-five run within the Xfinity Collection race at Darlington Raceway.