NTSB Identification: WPR14LA102
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 27, 2014 in Columbia, CA
Aircraft: BEECH C90, registration: N350WA
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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On January 27, 2014, about 0530 Pacific standard time (PST), a Beech C90 King Air, N350WA, experienced a hard landing at Columbia Airport (O22), Columbia, California. Axis Jet was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The commercial pilot and the airline transport pilot were not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage by impact forces and the post-crash fire. The cross-country aero-medical positioning flight departed Sacramento, California, about 0500. Visual night meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan had been filed.

The crew reported that the purpose of the flight was to pick up an aero-medical harvest team coordinator at O22 and fly them to San Luis Obispo, California. The crew reported no anomalies with the flight, airplane, or the approach to land at O22. The flying pilot (FP) was seated in the left seat and the non-flying co-pilot (NFP) was assisting the FP by performing the checklists and reporting speeds and other cockpit information to the FP. The pilots both described the landing as firm. As soon as the airplane contacted the runway, both pilots stated that they heard a loud bang followed by the airplane's belly scraping the runway. The airplane slid down the runway coming to rest on the left side of the runway. They both observed fire on the left side of the airplane near the engine nacelle. The airplane was subsequently thermally consumed by the postaccident fire.

Investigators examined the wreckage at the accident scene. The first identified points of contact (FIPC) were three ground scars consistent with the geometry of the main landing gear and the nose wheel. The FIPC was about 100 feet south of the runway on the displaced threshold.

The accident site was documented, and the wreckage was recovered for possible further examination.

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