NTSB Identification: FTW95LA095.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, January 25, 1995 in LAGO VISTA, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/23/1995
Aircraft: BEECH 33-A, registration: N55VS
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT STATED THAT AFTER EXECUTING A CIRCLING VOR/DME APPROACH, HE DID NOT HAVE VISUAL REFERENCE WITH THE AIRPORT UNITL THE AIRPLANE WAS 'ALMOST ON TOP OF THE RUNWAY' AT 600 FEET ABOVE GROUND LEVEL (AGL). HE COMMENCED A DESCENDING, 'TIGHT' RIGHT TURN TO KEEP THE RUNWAY IN SIGHT. DESCENDING BELOW 300 FEET, THE PILOT CONTINUED A 'STEEP' TURN ON A 45 DEGREE BEARING TO THE RUNWAY TO INTERCEPT FINAL. HE STATED THAT AS HE 'STARTED TO LEVEL THE WINGS TO LAND, THE AIRCRAFT JUST DROPPED.' THE PILOT FURTHER STATED THAT 'THE RIGHT WING IMPACTED THE RUNWAY AND THE AIRPLANE SKIDDED OFF THE SIDE OF THE RUNWAY.' THE PILOT REPORTED WEATHER CONDITIONS OF FOG AND DRIZZLE DURING THE APPROACH. THE PUBLISHED MISSED APPROACH POINT FOR THE APPROACH WAS 5 MILES FROM THE FINAL APPROACH FIX AND 7/10 MILE NORTHWEST OF THE RUNWAY MIDPOINT.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO EXECUTE A MISSED APPROACH AT MINIMUMS FOR THE NON-PRECISION APPROACH AND AN EXCESSIVE RATE OF DESCENT DURING THE CIRCLE TO LAND MANEUVER.

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