Runway excursion Accident Cessna 500 Citation I N501GP, Wednesday 21 January 1981
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Date:Wednesday 21 January 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic C500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 500 Citation I
Owner/operator:Georgia Pacific Corp.
Registration: N501GP
MSN: 500-0026
Year of manufacture:1972
Total airframe hrs:4439 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Bluefield-Mercer County Airport, WV (BLF) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Augusta-Bush Field, GA (AGS/KAGS)
Destination airport:Bluefield-Mercer County Airport, WV (BLF/KBLF)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Landed on a slush covered runway 23 following an ILS approach. Deceleration was poor and a go-around was attempted. Overran the runway and struck three localizer antennas and a 10-foot embankment before plunging into a steep, densely wooded hillside.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's attempt to land on a slush covered runway with insufficient stopping distance available, and his delayed initiation of a go-around which resulted in there being insufficient runway available to complete the maneuver successfully. Contributing to the accident was the lack of adequate emphasis in the manufacturer's aircraft flight manual regarding the required aircraft landing stop distances under wet and icy runway conditions."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: DCA81AA007
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report



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