NTSB Identification: MKC88FA037.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35557.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Friday, January 08, 1988 in DEWITT, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1989
Aircraft: BEECH 58, registration: N4613S
Injuries: 6 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT OF N4613S WAS MAKING A VFR APPROACH INTO THE DE WITT, ARKANSAS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT. SNOW HAD BEEN REMOVED FROM THE RUNWAY AND PILED UP ON THE APPROACH END OF RUNWAY 35. THE NOSE GEAR OF THE AIRCRAFT CONTACTED THE PILED UP SNOW/ICE AT TOUCHDOWN, DAMAGING THE NOSE GEAR. WHEN THE NOSE GEAR TOUCHED DOWN ON THE RWY THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL. THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED THE RUNWAY INTO AN AREA OF SNOW IN WHICH THE NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED. THE AIRCRAFT WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED.

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR ASSEMBLY..FAILURE,PARTIAL


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOWBANK


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT SNOW REMOVAL..IMPROPER..AIRPORT PERSONNEL

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