NTSB Identification: MKC87LA166.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35202.
Accident occurred Thursday, August 20, 1987 in CRESTON, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/11/1989
Aircraft: BEECH B23, registration: N6078N
Injuries: 4 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 PIC HAD PLANNED HIS FLT WITH DEPARTURE ORIGINATING IN IOWA CITY, IOWA. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS WERE FCST AND THE PIC DELAYED HIS DEPARTURE FOR ABT 3 HRS. AFT ASSESSING WX FM SEVERAL SOURCES THE PIC DPTD FOR CRESTON, IOWA AROUND 9 PM LCL TIME. THE FLT PROGRESSED WITHOUT DIFFICULTY TILL REACHING CRESTON. THE PIC RPTD DIFFICULTY MAINTIANING REFERENCE WITH RWY DURING THE APPROACH, COMPLAINING OF INOP VASI LIGHTING. ACCORDING TO THE ARPT MNGR THE VASI WAS INOPERATIVE AND HE HAD NOT NOTIFIED THE FAA OF THE PBLM. THE PIC ALSO INDICATED THAT A FOG OR HAZE WAS PRESENT NEAR THE GROUND AND REFERENCES USED FOR LNDG WERE NOT ADEQUATE. THE PIC ALSO COMPLAINED OF CHGNG WINDS DURING THE APPROACH COMPOUNDING THE DIFFICULTY. THE PIC MADE NO ATTEMPT TO GO-AROUND FOR ANOTHER TRY AT LNDG. INSTEAD THE APPROACH WAS CONTINUED. THE ACFT IMPACTED THE GND SHORT OF THE RWY AFT THE PIC RPTD HEARING THE STALL WARNING HORN SOUND BEFORE & AFTER HE APPLIED FULL PWR.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE


Contributing Factors

FACILITY,INADEQUATE EXTERNAL LIGHTING..OTHER PERSON


Contributing Factors

INADEQUATE SURVEILLANCE OF OPERATION..FAA(ORGANIZATION)


Contributing Factors

GO-AROUND..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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