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Last updated: 23 July 2021
Date:Tuesday 16 May 2006
Type:Silhouette image of generic C525 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 525 CitationJet
Operator:Interstate Warehousing Inc.
Registration: N545TG
MSN: 525-0545
First flight: 2004
Total airframe hrs:243
Engines: 2 Williams International FJ44
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Murfreesboro Municipal Airport, TN (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Hampton-Newport News/Williamsburg Airport, VA (PHF/KPHF), United States of America
Destination airport:Murfreesboro Municipal Airport, TN (KMBT), United States of America
A Cessna 525, N545TG, collapsed a left main landing gear on landing roll out at Murfreesboro Municipal Airport, Tennessee. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight plan was filed. The airplane received substantial damage. The pilot and 6 passengers reported no injuries. The flight originated from Newport News, Virginia, at 17:15 eastern daylight time.
The pilot stated upon arrival in the Murfreesboro area he was cleared by Nashville Approach Control for a visual approach to runway 18 at Murfreesboro Municipal Airport. The pilot tuned up the Airport Terminal Information System information on the airplane radio. The winds were reported at 240-degrees at 3 knots and the runway was wet. The pilot entered the traffic pattern, completed the before landing checklist, lowered the landing gear, and approach flaps on base leg. The pilot turned the airplane on final approach, lowered the flaps to the full down position, and activated the anti skid. The pilot landed the airplane on the first one third of the runway. The pilot stated a front was approaching the airport and upon touchdown the wind had changed and heavy rains had started. The airplane started hydroplaning at midfield and there was insufficient runway remaining for the pilot to initiate a go-around. The airplane went off the runway sideways, collapsed the left main landing gear, and came to a complete stop. The pilot completed the engine shutdown and he and the 6 passengers exited the airplane. After exiting the airplane the pilot stated he observed the left flap had separated from the airframe and there was structural damage to the left wing.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to maintain directional control while landing on a wet runway."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 140 days (5 months)
Accident number: ATL06CA080
Download report: Summary report

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Distance from Hampton-Newport News/Williamsburg Airport, VA to Murfreesboro Municipal Airport, TN as the crow flies is 888 km (555 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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