Thursday, October 13, 2016

Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3+, N518AR, A R Wings LLC: Accident occurred October 13, 2016 at North Central State Airport (KSFZ), Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island

A R WINGS LLC: http://registry.faa.govN518AR 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Boston FSDO-61

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA014
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 13, 2016 in Pawtucket, RI
Aircraft: CESSNA 525, registration: N518AR
Injuries: 6 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On October 13, 2016, about 1030 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 525B, N518AR, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion at North Central State Airport (SFZ), Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The commercial pilot, an airline transport pilot, and four passengers were not injured. The flight departed from Allegheny County Airport (AGC), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed for the business flight conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

During a conversation with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the flight crew reported that the weather was below approach minimums, but they elected to continue the approach and descended below the clouds about 800 to 850 feet mean sea level. They stated the airplane was at an airspeed about 130 to 135 knots on the final approach leg to runway 05.

Witness interviews and airport surveillance video revealed that the airplane touched down about midfield on runway 05, a 5,000-foot long, asphalt runway. About 2,000 feet of intermittent skid marks were observed until the airplane exited the end of the runway. After exiting the runway, the airplane impacted the localizer antenna, located about 300 feet from the end of the runway.

The airplane's wings and fuselage sustained substantial damage to the right wing tip, left wing leading edge, and nose gear.

The eight seat, low wing, retractable tricycle landing gear-equipped airplane, was manufactured in 2014. It was powered by two Williams FJ44 engines, each capable of producing 3,000 pounds of thrust.

Initial examination of the airplane by an FAA inspector did not reveal any abnormalities to the brake system.

Weather reported at SFZ about the time of the accident included; sky conditions 200 feet overcast, 3 statute miles of visibility with mist and wind calm.


SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — An investigation is underway after a small corporate jet left the runway and crashed after landing at North Central State Airport in Smithfield.

The Cessna Citation jet was flying from Pennsylvania to Rhode Island on business and landed at North Central at about 10:30 a.m., according to an airport official.

Emergency crews responded to the scene and doused the jet with water as a precaution.

The official said six people were on board: a pilot, co-pilot, and four passengers. There were no injuries.

According to the field condition report obtained by Eyewitness News, the runways at North Central were dry but the weather conditions were listed as cloudy with ground fog.

The airport official said it’s too early in the investigation to determine if a mechanical or human error led to the crash.

Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) were heading to the scene Thursday to investigate.

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WJAR) — A small passenger jet ran off the end of a runway at North Central State Airport in Smithfield on Thursday.

State police said there were no injuries to the four passengers, pilot and co-pilot on the plane.

State police said the pilot failed to negotiate the runway properly.

The plane had significant damage, state police said.

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