Sunday, June 16, 2019

Runway Excursion: Beechcraft 58 Baron, N59PR, accident occurred August 03, 2018 at Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU), South Carolina

Bill Hall, left, and Neil Robinson, right, toasting with fine wine after the Beechcraft 58 Baron they were in experienced a runway excursion at  Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU), South Carolina. 
(Photo courtesy: Tommy Hall/ August 3, 2018)

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Greenville, SC
Accident Number: GAA18CA467
Date & Time: 08/03/2018, 1025 EDT
Registration: N59PR
Aircraft: Beech 58
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot in the multi-engine airplane reported that following an instrument approach, the airplane broke out of the clouds about 600ft AGL. Concerned with the length of remaining runway, the pilot felt that the airplane was too high for a safe landing on the wet asphalt.

The pilot requested to circle and land. The tower controller cleared the pilot to circle and land on a 4,000ft runway.

During the landing roll, the pilot reported that as the airplane approached the last taxiway the airplane was "sliding instead of stopping", and it over-ran the runway. The airplane exited the departure end of the runway and rolled down an embankment, impacting a chain link fence and trees.

According to Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Safety Inspectors, the airplane touched down with about 1,300ft of runway remaining. The pilot informed the ASI that there were no mechanical issues with the airplane.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 59, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/23/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  1707 hours (Total, all aircraft), 44 hours (Total, this make and model), 44 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N59PR
Model/Series: 58 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2000
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: TH-1940
Landing Gear Type:
Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 5500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer:
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner:  Four D Llc
Rated Power:
Operator: Four D Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGMU, 1048 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1425 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 122°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 800 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: 
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Light - Rain; Moderate - Mist
Departure Point: Charleston, SC (CHS)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Greenville, SC (GMU)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 0900 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class C

Airport Information

Airport: Greenville Downtown (GMU)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1048 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Wet
Runway Used: 28
IFR Approach: Circling; RNAV
Runway Length/Width: 4000 ft / 80 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  34.848056, -82.350000 (est)


  1. The old guys have their priorities straight ... Celebrating a landing they walked away from.

    Once or twice at GUM I have done the ILS with a tail wind ... Gets you lower staying on a 3 degree profile landing uphill. Now days you have the EMAS at the end as well.

    Glad no one was hurt ... other than the pilot's pride.

  2. So he made a sloppy approach, a sloppy circle to land that resulted in a accident. At 600' overcast it was probably initially an ILS so he was not on the glideslope. Maybe I'm reading too much into it. They probably won't be celebrating when they get their next insurance quote.

  3. The only ILS is to the north. He was on a non-precision approach to 19. Sloppy or not he ended up too high and tried to salvage the approach with a circle.

  4. ... And it's GMU not GUM ... My senior GUMmer moment.