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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 17 April 1999
Time:14:51
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft Beechjet 400A
Operator:Pacific Aeromotive
Registration: N400VG
C/n / msn: RK-113
First flight: 1996
Total airframe hrs:1215
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Beckley Airport, WV (BKW) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:West Palm Beach International Airport, FL (PBI/KPBI), United States of America
Destination airport:Beckley Airport, WV (BKW/KBKW), United States of America
Narrative:
The airplane touched down about 1/3 beyond the approach end of runway 28, a 5,000 foot-long, asphalt runway. The captain applied light braking and attempted to actuate the thrust reversers; however, the reverser handles could not be moved beyond the 'Deploy-Reverse-Idle' position. After the captain cycled the levers two or three times, he began to apply maximum braking. The airplane overran the runway and came to rest on a plateau about 90 feet below the runway elevation.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot-in-command misjudged his altitude and airspeed which resulted in an overrun. Contributing to the accident were the pilot's lack of total flight experience in make and model, the pilot's reliance on the airplane's optional thrust reverser system and his inability to engage the airplane's thrust reverser system for undetermined reasons."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Accident number: NYC99FA091
Download report: Summary report

Classification:

Runway excursion

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from West Palm Beach International Airport, FL to Beckley Airport, WV as the crow flies is 1231 km (769 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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