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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 199150
Last updated: 16 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft C23 Sundowner
Registration: N6576R
C/n / msn: M-1594
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Rexburg-Madison County Airport (KRXE), Rexburg, ID -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Rexburg, ID (RXE)
Destination airport:Salt Lake City, UT (U42)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the pilot, during the takeoff roll, about 2,100 ft down the 4,210-ft-long runway, the airplane had accelerated to 65 knots. The airplane remained in ground effect for about 1,000 more feet but would not climb. The pilot feared the airplane would collide with obstacles beyond the end of the runway, and he aborted the takeoff.
During landing, the airplane bounced, and when it descended back to the runway, the pilot immediately applied the brakes. The airplane exited the left side of the runway before reaching the runway threshold. The airplane continued about 120 ft and then collided with a fence.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the lower left fuselage.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The METAR at the accident airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 200 at 8 knots, and the temperature was 73F. The field elevation was 4,862 ft, and the density altitude was 6,682 ft.
According to the Pilot's Operating Handbook, under the reported weather conditions, the minimum ground roll was about 2,249 ft, and the minimum distance to clear a 50-ft obstacle was about 3,701 ft. Further, the normal distance to land would have been about 901 ft.
According to FAA-H-8083-25A, The Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, Chapter 10 (Aircraft Performance) pg.16:
The most critical conditions of landing performance are combinations of high gross weight, high density altitude, and unfavorable wind. These conditions produce the greatest required landing distances and critical levels of energy dissipation required of the brakes. In all cases, it is necessary to make an accurate prediction of minimum landing distance to compare with the available runway. A polished, professional landing procedure is necessary because the landing phase of flight accounts for more pilot-caused aircraft accidents than any other single phase of flight.

Probable Cause: The pilot's delayed decision to land the airplane with insufficient runway remaining after realizing the airplane wasn't climbing.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

22-Aug-2017 14:50 Geno Added
24-Aug-2017 06:20 Anon. Updated [Total occupants, Nature, Destination airport, Damage, Narrative]
27-Aug-2017 15:56 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
01-May-2018 13:46 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-May-2018 14:11 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]

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