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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : mvy|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 6500
|Operator||general aviation : corporate|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport, Low Wing, 2 Turboprop Eng|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
ground : preflight
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 40|
flight time total : 5150
flight time type : 1600
other personnel other
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Our company aircraft was parked at mvy during hurricane bob. I was notified by my boss that the aircraft had sustained some damage to the right outboard flap. After verifying the damage through a local a and P I proceeded to contact a repair/service in groton-new london and consequently, together with a mechanic from that repair station, flew to mvy to see if repair could be made to get the aircraft airworthy. The actuator rod to the right outboard flap was bent and was removed. It seems like the wind had pushed the flap down and consequently bent the rod. (The flaps were in an up position before bob hit the island.) the flap was secured by the a and P and the flap control circuit breaker pulled and wired. A very thorough preflight was done with special attention to the flight controls. No other damage was discovered. I flew the aircraft to groton (gon), a distance of approximately 60 NM, and the aircraft felt perfectly normal. After an uneventful no-flap landing, it was brought in the hangar and maintenance started to inspect and disassemble ailerons and rudder. It was discovered that the right aileron bellcrank support had cracked in 2 places. This could not be discovered without disassembly and could have caused a malfunction of the right aileron if it had gone unnoticed. I ordered a complete inspection of all flight control related system but no other damage appeared. I sure wish that I had ordered that inspection before I flew the aircraft. The bracket has been replaced and so has the control rod for the flaps and the aircraft is returned to service. It is probably a really good idea to do a thorough inspection of an aircraft that has been subjected to winds in excess of 50 KTS before it's flown.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: HURRICANE DAMAGED ACFT FLOWN WITH BROKEN AILERON BELL CRANK.
Narrative: OUR COMPANY ACFT WAS PARKED AT MVY DURING HURRICANE BOB. I WAS NOTIFIED BY MY BOSS THAT THE ACFT HAD SUSTAINED SOME DAMAGE TO THE RIGHT OUTBOARD FLAP. AFTER VERIFYING THE DAMAGE THROUGH A LCL A AND P I PROCEEDED TO CONTACT A REPAIR/SVC IN GROTON-NEW LONDON AND CONSEQUENTLY, TOGETHER WITH A MECH FROM THAT REPAIR STATION, FLEW TO MVY TO SEE IF REPAIR COULD BE MADE TO GET THE ACFT AIRWORTHY. THE ACTUATOR ROD TO THE R OUTBOARD FLAP WAS BENT AND WAS REMOVED. IT SEEMS LIKE THE WIND HAD PUSHED THE FLAP DOWN AND CONSEQUENTLY BENT THE ROD. (THE FLAPS WERE IN AN UP POS BEFORE BOB HIT THE ISLAND.) THE FLAP WAS SECURED BY THE A AND P AND THE FLAP CTL CIRCUIT BREAKER PULLED AND WIRED. A VERY THOROUGH PREFLT WAS DONE WITH SPECIAL ATTN TO THE FLT CTLS. NO OTHER DAMAGE WAS DISCOVERED. I FLEW THE ACFT TO GROTON (GON), A DISTANCE OF APPROX 60 NM, AND THE ACFT FELT PERFECTLY NORMAL. AFTER AN UNEVENTFUL NO-FLAP LNDG, IT WAS BROUGHT IN THE HANGAR AND MAINT STARTED TO INSPECT AND DISASSEMBLE AILERONS AND RUDDER. IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE R AILERON BELLCRANK SUPPORT HAD CRACKED IN 2 PLACES. THIS COULD NOT BE DISCOVERED WITHOUT DISASSEMBLY AND COULD HAVE CAUSED A MALFUNCTION OF THE R AILERON IF IT HAD GONE UNNOTICED. I ORDERED A COMPLETE INSPECTION OF ALL FLT CTL RELATED SYS BUT NO OTHER DAMAGE APPEARED. I SURE WISH THAT I HAD ORDERED THAT INSPECTION BEFORE I FLEW THE ACFT. THE BRACKET HAS BEEN REPLACED AND SO HAS THE CTL ROD FOR THE FLAPS AND THE ACFT IS RETURNED TO SVC. IT IS PROBABLY A REALLY GOOD IDEA TO DO A THOROUGH INSPECTION OF AN ACFT THAT HAS BEEN SUBJECTED TO WINDS IN EXCESS OF 50 KTS BEFORE IT'S FLOWN.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.