Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Alpena County Regional Airport

Alpena, Michigan 49707
Monday, March 13, 2006 22:15 EST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The airplane was substantially damaged when a baby stroller being off-loaded from the cargo compartment inadvertently entered the right propeller arc and was struck by the operating propeller. The operator reported that after the airplane's engines had been started, it was discovered that a baby stroller had not been off-loaded. The station agents notified the captain, who shut down the left engine. An agent accessed the cargo compartment, located at the left, rear portion of the airplane. While he was exiting the compartment, the station agent lost his balance and dropped the stroller onto the ramp. The stroller landed on its wheels and was blown under the fuselage by the wind and into the right main landing gear. The stroller was subsequently blown forward into the right propeller arc, where the operating propeller struck it. Fragments from the stroller impacted the airplane's fuselage, puncturing three holes and causing several dents in the pressurized fuselage. The wind speed was about 20 knots, gusting to 31 knots, at the time of the accident.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The station agent's inability to maintain control of the stroller when he lost his balance exiting the airplane's cargo compartment, allowing it to be blown into the operating right propeller. A factor was the high, gusty winds.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date3/13/2006 
Event Day of the WeekMonday 
Time of Event2215 
Event Time ZoneEastern Standard Time 
Event CityAlpena 
Event StateMICHIGAN 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site49707 
Event Date Year2006 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude450441N 
Event Location Longitude0833337W 
Event Location AirportAlpena County Regional 
Event Location Nearest Airport IDAPN 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation689 
Weather Briefing Completeness-- 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation2154 Eastern Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)-- 
Weather Observation Facility IDAPN 
Elevation of weather observation facility689 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)-- 
Time Zone of the weather observationEST 
Lighting ConditionsNight 
Lowest Ceiling Height3500 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height-- 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud Conditions-- 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingBroken 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-2 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)240 
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)17 
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorGusting 
Wind Gust (knots) 27 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29.16 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report METAR KAPN 140254Z AUTO 24017G27KT 10SM BKN035 03/ 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries-- 
On Ground, Minor Injuries-- 
On Ground, Serious Injuries-- 
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None14 
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All-- 
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)21335 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA  
NTSB Notification DateMar 17 2006 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time-- 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordApr 25 2007 2:54PM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\lema  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeFAA-Detroit FSDO 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN421XJ 
NTSB NumberCHI06LA092 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 121: Air Carrier 
Type of Flight Plan filedIFR 
Flight plan Was Activated?No 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameSaab-Scania AB (Saab) 
Aircraft Model340B 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number340B-421 
Certified Max Gross Weight29000 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration Class-- 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft37 
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearRetractable 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionContinuous Airworthiness 
Date of Last Inspection-- 
Airframe hours since last inspection-- 
Airframe Hours-- 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameNationsBanc Leasing Corporation 
Aircraft Owner Street Address-- 
Aircraft Owner CityAtlanta 
Aircraft Owner StateGA 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode30302 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator NameMesaba Aviation Inc.  
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?No 
Operator Street Address1000 Blue Gentian Rd -- Suite 200 
Operator CityEagan 
Operator StateMN 
Operator CountryUSA  
Operator Zip code55121 
Operator CodeMALA 
Owner has at least one certificate-- 
Other Operator of large aircraft?-- 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or notScheduled 
Indicates Domestic or International FlightDomestic 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/MailPassenger Only 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)-- 
Second Pilot on BoardYes 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport CodeAPN  
Departure CityAlpena 
Departure StateMI 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time-- 
Departure Time ZoneEST 
Destination Same as Local Flt-- 
Destination Airport CodeCIU  
Destination CitySault Ste Marie 
Destination StateMI 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of FlightStanding - engine(s) operating 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordMar 4 2007 5:37PM 
User who most recently changed recordSULP  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and LocationNA 
Runway Length-- 
Runway Width-- 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--