ASN Aircraft accident Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3+ N518AR Smithfield-North Central Airport, RI (SFZ)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 13 October 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic C25B model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3+
Operator:A.R. Wings LLC
Registration: N518AR
MSN: 525B-0412
First flight: 2014
Total airframe hrs:748
Engines: 2 Williams International FJ44-3A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Smithfield-North Central Airport, RI (SFZ) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Airport, PA (AGC/KAGC), United States of America
Destination airport:Smithfield-North Central Airport, RI (SFZ/KSFZ), United States of America
The Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3+, N518AR, suffered a runway excursion after landing on runway 05 at Smithfield-North Central State Airport, Rhode Island. No injuries were reported.
The flight crew reported that the weather was below approach minimums, but they elected to continue the approach and descended below the clouds about 800 to 850 feet mean sea level. They stated the airplane was at an airspeed about 130 to 135 knots on the final approach leg to runway 05.
The aircraft touched down about midfield on runway 05, a 5000 feet (1524 m) asphalt runway, but failed to stop on the runway. It continued 80 meters past the paved surface, contacted part of the ILS aerials and came to rest on down sloping terrain. This slope is a 17 m high dropoff covered with bushes.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause: "The flight crew's failure to maintain an appropriate approach speed and obtain an appropriate touchdown
point on the runway, which resulted in a runway overrun."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 6 months
Accident number: ERA17LA014
Download report: Summary report

Late landing
Runway excursion (overrun)


METAR Weather report:
14:13 UTC / 10:13 local time:
KSFZ 131413Z AUTO VRB03KT 1 1/4SM BR OVC002 14/14 A3009 RMK AO2 VIS 1/2V2 1/2 PNO $

14:23 UTC / 10:23 local time:
KSFZ 131423Z AUTO 00000KT 3SM BR OVC002 15/14 A3009 RMK AO2 PNO $

14:52 UTC / 10:52 local time:
KSFZ 131452Z AUTO VRB04KT 10SM OVC004 16/14 A3008 RMK AO2 CIG 003V009 PNO $


photo of Cessna-525B-CitationJet-CJ3-N518AR
accident date: 13-10-2016
type: Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3+
registration: N518AR
photo of Cessna-525B-CitationJet-CJ3-N518AR
accident date: 13-10-2016
type: Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3+
registration: N518AR

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Airport, PA to Smithfield-North Central Airport, RI as the crow flies is 723 km (452 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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