Western Air SAAB 340 at Grand Bahamas on Feb 7th 2017,
- electrical problems, left main gear collapse on landing back
A Western Air Limited Saab 340, registration C6-HBW performing flight WT-708 from Grand Bahamas International to Nassau (Bahamas) with 33 passengers, was climbing out of Grand Bahamas International Airport at about 17:00L (22:00Z) when the crew observed abnormal indications for one of the electrical systems on board and decided to return to Grand Bahamas International Airport. During roll out on runway 06 the aircraft suffered the collapse of the left main gear, veered left off the runway and came to a stop off the runway.
The airline reported: "Shortly after take off, the Captain noticed an indication pertaining to one of the electrical systems, he communicated with air traffic control (ATC) and followed protocol to return the aircraft back to the airport as a precaution. The aircraft made a normal landing with both landing gears in place, however once the aircraft proceeded down the runway and was preparing to turn onto the taxiway, the left gear malfunctioned, causing the aircraft to swerve off the runway. All passengers and crew were evacuated of the aircraft safely."
According to local media reports two passengers were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Bahamas' Air Accident Investigation Department reported that shortly after takeoff the aircraft C6-HBW suffered a problem with its landing gear. The aircraft returned to the Freeport (Grand Bahamas) International Airport, shortly after touchdown the left main gear collapsed causing the aircraft to leave the runway and come to a stop on soft ground amid bushes on the left side of runway 06. Minor injuries were reported.
Metars (Airport: Freeport, Grand Bahama International Airport):
MYGF 080000Z 00000KT 99999 FEW020 SCT035 24/21 A2999
MYGF 072300Z 16003KT 9999 SCT020 25/19 A2999
MYGF 072200Z 15005KT 9999 BKN020 25/21 A2999
MYGF 072100Z 15008KT 9999 BKN020 26/21 A2999
MYGF 072000Z 17008KT 9999 BKN020 26/21 A3000
MYGF 071900Z 19007KT 9999 BKN020 27/21 A3002
MYGF 071800Z 14005KKT 9999 BKN025 27/21 A3005
Date of Incident 07.02.2017
Airline Western Air
Aircraft Type SAAB 340
ICAO Type SF34
Aircraft Registration C6-HBW
Airport Freeport, Grand Bahama International Airport
Airport ICAO/IATA MYGF / FPO