Accident description
Last updated: 27 November 2014
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 1 January 2005
Time:11:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic C551 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 551 Citation II
Operator:Jet Services
Registration: N35403
C/n / msn: 551-0029
First flight: 1980
Total airframe hrs:5870
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-4
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Ainsworth Airport, NE (ANW) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Reading Municipal Airport/Spaatz Field, PA (RDG/KRDG), United States of America
Destination airport:Ainsworth Airport, NE (ANW), United States of America
Narrative:
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."

Classification:
Icing
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Reading Municipal Airport/Spaatz Field, PA to Ainsworth Airport, NE as the crow flies is 1996 km (1247 miles).

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