Final Report: Citation overran runway

 - February 8, 2008, 10:59 AM

Cessna 560 Citation V, Carlsbad, Calif., Jan. 24, 2006–The NTSB attributed the fatal Citation V accident to the captain’s delayed decision to execute a go-around during the landing roll. Factors were his improper decision to land with a tailwind, excessive airspeed on final and his failure to touch down at the proper point.

After making an ILS approach to Runway 24 at McClellan-Palomar Airport, the captain said he was going to land on Runway 6, consistent with the reported winds, but he landed on 24, with a six-knot tailwind. The airspeed on approach was approximately 30 knots higher than the correct airspeed for the aircraft’s weight, and the Citation touched down about 1,500 feet farther down the runway than normal, and much faster than normal, said the Safety Board. The captain delayed starting a go-around and the jet hit a localizer antenna platform, about 300 feet past the end of the runway.

The captain did not tell the FAA he had Type 2 diabetes, and his post-accident toxicology testing was consistent with an elevated average blood sugar level over the previous several months, but the NTSB could not determine if his condition was a factor.