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Last updated: 2 December 2021
Datum:Samstag 1 Januar 2005
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C551 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 551 Citation II/SP
Fluggesellschaft:Jet Services
Kennzeichen: N35403
Werknummer: 551-0029
Baujahr: 1980
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-4
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 4
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 5
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Ainsworth Airport, NE (ANW) (   USA)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Flug von:Reading Municipal Airport/Spaatz Field, PA (RDG/KRDG), USA
Flug nach:Ainsworth Airport, NE (ANW/KANW), USA
At 11:13 the Citation airplane was cleared for the GPS runway 17 instrument approach into Ainsworth. The airplane started to accumulate ice around 4,000 feet msl during the approach. As the plane descended out of IMC between 300 and 400 feet agl the cockpit windows were obscured by the accumulation of ice and the pilot elected to land the airplane instead of executing the published missed-approach procedure. On finals the Cessna contacted terrain about 439 feet south of the departure end of runway 17. The aircraft traveled north about 18 feet prior to contacting an airport access road. The aircraft then became airborne and touched down for the second time after traveling north about 54 feet. The aircraft then slid in a right arc about 700 feet and came to rest parallel to a closed northeast/southwest runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's decision to continue below the minimum descent altitude (MDA) and his failure to fly the published missed-approach procedure. A factor to the accident was the pilot's improper use of windshield heat which resulted in the windshield becoming obscured with ice during the instrument approach in icing conditions."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Accident number: CHI05LA050
Download report: Summary report



photo of Cessna-551-Citation-II-SP-D-ICUR
accident date: 01-01-2005
type: Cessna 551 Citation II/SP
registration: D-ICUR

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Reading Municipal Airport/Spaatz Field, PA to Ainsworth Airport, NE as the crow flies is 1996 km (1247 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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