NTSB Identification: MKC89LA071.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38260.
Accident occurred Friday, March 03, 1989 in DES MOINES, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 310, registration: N5119C
Injuries: 1 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 ON THE THIRD LANDING ATTEMPT, AFTER TWO GO-AROUNDS, THE ACFT LANDED HARD COLLAPSING THE RIGHT MAIN GEAR AND VEERED OFF THE RUNWAY. EXISTING WEATHER CONDITIONS WERE , DARK NIGHT, 500 FT CEILING, 1 1/2 MILES VIS AND LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE. THE PLT SAID THE CONTROL TOWER TURNED THE LIGHTS UP TO BRIGHT INTENSITY TO ASSIST HIM IN MAKING VISUAL CONTACT. THE PLT SAID THE BRIGHT LIGHTS CAUSED DISTORTION AND THE ILLUSION OF BEING LOWER THAN ACTUAL. THE ACFT HAD ACCUMULATED ICE ON THE AIRFRAME AND DEICING EQUIPMENT WAS BEING UTILIZED. THE PLT SAID HE USED HIGHER THAN NORMAL APPROACH SPEED BECAUSE OF THE ICE ACCUMULATION AND WEIGHT.

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

THE FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO PROPERLY FLARE THE AIRPLANE. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WERE THE WEATHER CONDITIONS.

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