A preliminary NTSB report on last month’s fatal Citation crash at Conway Municipal Airport in Conway, Ark., said a witness reported seeing the aircraft land long and then the pilot “added power at the last second, lifted the nosewheel off the ground and struck the [jet-blast deflector]” situated at the end of the runway. Commercial pilot Ira Hugh Rains and Janet Brady, a resident of a house across the street, were killed after the Citation 500 went through the jet blast deflector, crossed a culvert and crashed into Brady’s house. Brady’s husband, who was nearby, and a passenger in the airplane survived. Conway mayor Tab Townsell said pilots must land long on the runway because of the 1,643-foot displaced threshold, “to avoid clipping structures on the ground.” According to the NTSB, however, the displaced threshold is valid only at night, and the crash occurred during the day.
Citation Runs Long, Crashes into House
- July 31, 2007, 5:49 AM