Runway excursion Accident Cessna 560XL Citation Excel N590AK,
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Date:Wednesday 30 April 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic C56X model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 560XL Citation Excel
Owner/operator:AT&T Alascom
Registration: N590AK
MSN: 560-5038
Year of manufacture:1999
Total airframe hrs:5069 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PW545
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:Port Heiden Airport, AK (PTH) -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Anchorage-Ted Stevens International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC)
Destination airport:Port Heiden Airport, AK (PTH/PAPH)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The flightcrew was landing a twin-engine turbofan airplane on Runway 23, a 5,000-foot long, by 100-foot wide, gravel runway, which required a correction for right crosswind. The captain said that during touchdown he inadvertently applied a small amount of left rudder pedal input to correct for a right crosswind as the nose wheel touched down. The airplane veered sharply to the left and went off the left side of the runway. The left main landing gear collapsed, and the left wing struck the runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and fuselage. The captain reported that there were no preaccident mechanical anomalies with the airplane. At the time of the accident, winds were reported to be 320 degrees, at 12 knots. The captain noted that the accident might have been prevented if the airplane had a nose wheel disconnect option.

Probable Cause: The flying pilot’s failure to maintain directional control while landing in a crosswind. A factor contributing to the accident was a crosswind.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ANC08LA059
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report



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