Factual Report: Pilot loses runway in low-visibility landing

 - September 21, 2010, 9:53 AM

Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200, Sioux City, Iowa, Jan. 19, 2010–The King Air was substantially damaged when it departed the runway on landing at Sioux Gateway Airport/Col. Bud Day Field (SUX). The early-morning Part 91 flight was operating on an IFR flight plan from Des Moines International Airport, and the pilots had filed Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP), their next destination, as an alternate. 

The ATP-certified pilot in the right seat, who was not flying at the time of the accident, told investigators that when the aircraft arrived at the approach minimums they had the runway environment in sight. At less than 100 feet, he said he told the ATP pilot-in-command (PIC) that he was not lined up with the runway, to which the left-seat pilot responded, "Those are edge lights" and "Oh yeah, I see what I am doing," before adding power to correct. 

The turboprop twin touched down approximately one third of the way down 9,000-foot Runway 31, near an intersection, with the left main landing gear off the runway surface. The King Air's nosegear collapsed and the airplane suffered damage to the nose structure and avionics, as well as buckling of the underside fuselage skin. Neither pilot nor the two passengers were injured. The PIC told investigators that the transition from instrument flying to visual flying was made into a white-on-white landscape, and added that this was not a reportable accident.