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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 196869
Last updated: 11 November 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft G35 Bonanza
Registration: N4216D
C/n / msn: D-4414
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Wichita Valley Airport (F14), Wichita Falls, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Grand Prairie, TX (GPM)
Destination airport:Wichita Falls, TX (F14)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airline transport pilot stated that the cross-country personal flight proceeded normally until he entered the downwind leg for landing. During the landing approach in dark night conditions, he noted scattered thunderstorms ahead. During the final approach, he thought the airplane was too high, and he considered conducting a go-around. The airplane encountered a strong downdraft, heavy rain, and turbulence, and the pilot saw several lightning strikes ahead. The pilot decided to land and risk overrunning the runway rather than possibly entering the thunderstorm. Upon landing, the airplane overran the end of the runway, the second half of which had standing water on it, and then struck a berm.
An automated weather observation facility 7 miles east of the accident site reported, at the time of the accident, variable winds from between 060 and 360 at between 16 and 20 knots, gusting to between 21 and 29 knots with a peak wind of 35 knots. A thunderstorm was present near the airport with lightning observed in all quadrants.

Probable Cause: The flight's encounter with adverse weather conditions at night, which resulted in the pilot's loss of airplane control upon landing due to standing water and a subsequent runway overrun.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 3 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

24-Jul-2017 22:00 Geno Added
25-Jul-2017 06:53 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
11-Nov-2019 17:38 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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