Accident Cessna 551 Citation II/SP N35403,
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Date:Saturday 1 January 2005
Type:Silhouette image of generic C551 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 551 Citation II/SP
Owner/operator:Jet Services
Registration: N35403
MSN: 551-0029
Year of manufacture:1980
Total airframe hrs:5870 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-4
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Ainsworth Airport, NE (ANW) -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Reading Municipal Airport/Spaatz Field, PA (RDG/KRDG)
Destination airport:Ainsworth Airport, NE (ANW/KANW)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
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: "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
Report number: CHI05LA050
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Download report: Final report





photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Stuttgart-Echterdingen Airport (STR/EDDS); February 1988

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