NTSB Identification: CEN13CA129
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Friday, January 11, 2013 in Alexandria, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/18/2013
Aircraft: BEECH 65-B80, registration: N110BA
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

About 35 miles southeast of the destination airport, the pilot obtained the local weather information and requested the instrument landing system approach (ILS) to runway 31. Upon descending to the decision height, the pilot saw the runway end identifier lights and continued the approach. The pilot then saw the visual approach slope indicator lights and the runway lights and decided to land. The airplane touched down about 1,000 feet down the 5,100-foot-long runway. The pilot reported that when the tires came in contact with the runway, the brakes alternately skidded then "grabbed" the runway surface. The pilot decided not to go around and to remain on the runway and attempt to stop the airplane. The airplane traveled into the snow-covered terrain off the departure end of the runway where it contacted an ILS antenna pylon, resulting in substantial damage to the left wing spar. The pilot reported that the downsloping runway was ice covered and that he landed with an approximate 8-knot tailwind. He reported no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. He also stated he had no prior knowledge of what the braking action on the runway would be.

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

The pilot’s failure to stop the airplane on the downsloping, ice-contaminated runway after landing with a tailwind. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s failure to account for the wind conditions and failure to obtain runway conditions.

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