Final Report: Failure to Abort Cited In CJ2 Hydroplaning Accident

 - October 31, 2006, 5:28 AM

Cessna CitationJet CJ2 525A, Newnan, Ga., July 15, 2005–The NTSB said the CitationJet’s collision with a localizer antenna was caused by the pilot’s delay in aborting the landing and his failure to maintain obstacle clearance. The Safety Board listed as contributing factors hydroplaning and the localizer antenna.

With no thunderstorms or rain forecast or reported, the Beehawk Aviation CJ2 was cleared for a visual approach at Newnan Coweta County Airport. The controller pointed out a weather cell 25 miles north of the Citation’s position and vectored the airplane for a localizer Runway 32 approach. As the pilot slowed the airplane to 115 knots and descended through 200 feet, he saw rainshowers crossing the runway.

The airplane touched down at the 1,000-foot marker and the crew lowered the flaps to 60. The airplane started hydroplaning and the pilot aborted the landing with 2,300 feet of runway remaining. The airplane became airborne 300 feet from the end of the runway. The left main landing gear door and right leading edge of the right wing hit the localizer antenna on climbout. The pilot climbed to traffic pattern altitude, checked for damage and landed without further incident.