NTSB Identification: DCA83AA013.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26930.
Scheduled 14 CFR operation of REPUBLIC AIRLINES, INC.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 09, 1983 in BRAINERD, MN
Aircraft: CONVAIR 580-11-A, registration: N8444H
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious,31 Uninjured.

DURING ARRIVAL, THE ACFT WAS LANDED ABOUT 1725 FT BEYOND THE RWY THRESHOLD. THE TOUCHDOWN WAS MADE WITH THE RIGHT WING DOWN & THE RIGHT MAIN GEAR ABOUT 37 FT FROM THE RIGHT EDGE OF THE RWY. AFTER TOUCHDOWN, THE ACFT CONTINUED TO THE RIGHT & THE RIGHT PROPELLER STRUCK A 2 TO 3 FT HIGH SNOWBANK WHICH WAS BETWEEN THE EDGE OF THE RWY & THE RWY EDGE LIGHTS. THE #1 BLADE SEPARATED FROM THE PROPELLER & ENTERED THE CABIN, FATALLY INJURING 1 PASSENGER & SERIOUSLY INJURING ANOTHER. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT RWY PLOWING ACTIVITIES, 2 DAYS BEFORE THE ACCIDENT, HAD LEFT SNOWBANKS AT THE EDGE OF THE RWY INSIDE THE RWY EDGE LIGHTS. THEY HAD NOT BEEN REMOVED PER 14 CFR 139.85 & ARPT OPNS MANUAL. THERE WAS NO NOTAM FOR SNOWBANKS & THE COMPANY STATION MANAGER DID NOT NOTIFY THE AIRCREW ABOUT THEIR LOCATION. THE FLTCREW WERE NOT AWARE THAT WHEN THE 1ST OFFICER DIMMED THE INTENSITY OF THE APCH LIGHTS (BY ACTIVATING THE MIC SWITCH) THAT THE RWY EDGE LIGHTS ALSO DIMMED. THE CAPT BELIEVED HE LOST SOME PERIPHERAL CUES AFTER TOUCHDOWN.

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

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOWBANK


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT SNOW REMOVAL..IMPROPER..AIRPORT PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

NOTAMS..NOT ISSUED..AIRPORT PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

UNSAFE/HAZARDOUS CONDITION..NOT IDENTIFIED..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..ICY


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..SLUSH COVERED

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