NTSB Identification: DEN00LA036.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, January 04, 2000 in JACKSON, WY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/29/2000
Aircraft: Beech B200, registration: N895TT
Injuries: 3 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.
While performing the ILS runway 18 approach to the airport, the pilot broke out of the clouds just above the decision height. He had the aircraft aligned with what he believed were the REILs (flashing white strobe lights that identify the end of the runway), but instead turned out to be the PAPI (four lights installed in a single row located on the left side of the runway). The airplane touched down on the left side between the runway and taxiway A, 2,200 feet from the threshold of the 6,299 foot runway. Upon touchdown, the nose landing gear collapsed. According to the Jackson Hole Airport Manager, the PAPI and REIL lighting systems for the runway were checked on the morning of and the morning following the accident. No discrepancies were observed, and the airport did not receive any reports from pilots or airport personnel that either system was inoperative.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot misreading the visual approach lighting system, resulting in his failure to maintain proper alignment with the runway and his selection of an improper touchdown point. Factors were the low ceiling weather conditions and the snow covered runway. Full narrative available
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