Narrative:Landed on a slush covered runway 23 following an ILS approach. Deceleration was poor and a go-around was attempted. Overran the runway and struck three localizer antennas and a 10-foot embankment before plunging into a steep, densely wooded hillside.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's attempt to land on a slush covered runway with insufficient stopping distance available, and his delayed initiation of a go-around which resulted in there being insufficient runway available to complete the maneuver successfully. Contributing to the accident was the lack of adequate emphasis in the manufacturer's aircraft flight manual regarding the required aircraft landing stop distances under wet and icy runway conditions."
Official accident investigation report
|investigating agency: ||National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America |
|report status: ||Final|
|report number: ||NTSB-AAR-81-9|
|report released:||10 June 1981|
|duration of investigation: ||140 days (5 months)|
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Follow-up / safety actions
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Distance from Augusta-Bush Field, GA to Bluefield-Mercer County Airport, WV as the crow flies is 439 km (274 miles).