National Transportation Safety Board
Aviation Accident Preliminary Report

 

 

Location:

Rome, GA

Accident Number:

ERA16LA131

Date & Time:

03/14/2016, 1508 EDT

Registration:

N465FL

Aircraft:

RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT COMPANY 400A

Injuries:

1 Minor, 1 None

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning

On March 14, 2016, at 1508 eastern daylight time, a Raytheon Aircraft Company 400A, N465FL, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion while landing at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport (RMG), Rome, Georgia. The pilot was uninjured and the co-pilot received minor injuries. The airplane was registered to Flight Options, LLC and was being operated in accordance with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a positioning flight that originated at Jackson County Airport-Reynolds Field (JXN), Jackson, Michigan.  The flight was operating under an instrument flight plan and visual meteorological conditions were reported at the airport at the time of the accident.

According to the crew, they began their descent while under Atlanta Air Route Traffic Control and retrieved the weather conditions from the automated surface observing system at RMG, which indicated the winds were variable at 6 knots. They requested and were cleared for the visual approach to runway 7, which was 4,495 feet-long.

While in the traffic pattern and abeam the runway numbers, the crew lowered the landing gear and deployed 20 degrees of flaps, followed by 30 degrees on the base leg. On final approach, the crew stated that the turbulence was moderate and the airspeed started fluctuate and decrease to Vref. They responded by adjusting engine power on short final, and noted that "considerable power" was necessary to maintain airspeed.  The airplane touched down at the Vref speed of 112 kts inside the touchdown zone, but the ground speed appeared to be fast.

The crew activated the speed brakes, and the pilot applied the wheel brakes (the airplane was not equipped with thrust reversers). The crew then increased their braking to maximum, and when it was evident that the airplane not going to stop before the end of the runway, they activated the emergency brake. The airplane departed the end of the runway and travelled into the safety area, where it sank into the grass and mud as it continued forward in a slight left turn. The nose landing gear collapsed and the forward fuselage struck the ground resulting in substantial damage to the airframe. The airplane came to rest approximately 350 feet from the departure end of the runway.

The airplane was recovered from the site and retained for additional investigation.

 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT COMPANY

Registration:

N465FL

Model/Series:

400A A

Aircraft Category:

Airplane

Amateur Built:

No

 

 

Operator:

FLIGHT OPTIONS LLC

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

Fractional Ownership

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

BMG

Observation Time:

1953 UTC

Distance from Accident Site:

1 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point:

23°C / 13°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

 

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

13 knots / 21 knots, 230°

Lowest Ceiling:

Broken / 5000 ft agl

Visibility

10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

29.74 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

IFR

Departure Point:

JACKSON, MI (JXN)

Destination:

Rome, GA (RMG)

 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 Minor, 1 None

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Passenger Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Fire:

None

Ground Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

1 Minor, 1 None

Latitude, Longitude:

34.353056, -85.151111

 

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Lawrence A Mccarter

Additional Participating Persons:

John Palmer; FAA/FSDO; Atlanta, GA

David Gerlach; FAA-AVP-100; Washington DC, DC

Ernest Hall; Textron/Beech; Wichita, KS

Todd Anguish; Flight Options; Cleveland, OH

Michael Minellono; IBT Local 1108; Cleveland, OH

Note:

The NTSB did not travel to the scene of this accident.