Saturday, January 04, 2020

Runway Excursion: Beechcraft B200 King Air, N200HF; accident occurred January 04, 2020 at Morristown Municipal Airport (KMMU), Morris County, New Jersey

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

L C Whitford Co Inc

Location: Morristown, NJ
Accident Number: ERA20CA139
Date & Time: 01/04/2020, 1215 EST
Registration: N200HF
Aircraft: Beech 200
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 9 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Executive/Corporate


The pilot reported that, during the descent for an instrument approach in instrument meteorological conditions, he saw an area of patchy fog over the approach end of the runway and leveled off to avoid the fog. He landed the airplane with about 3,000 ft of the nearly 6,000-ft-long runway remaining and felt the airplane hydroplaning while using a combination of wheel braking and the beta range of the propellers. The airplane subsequently overran the end of the runway onto grass and mud, which resulted in the nose landing gear collapsing. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the forward fuselage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The airplane hydroplaning while landing on a wet runway, which degraded its braking capability and resulted in a runway overrun onto grass and mud and the nose landing gear collapsing. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's improper decision to land the airplane until it was near the runway midpoint due to fog over the approach end of the runway. 


Surface speed/braking - Attain/maintain not possible (Cause)

Personnel issues
Decision making/judgment - Pilot (Factor)

Environmental issues
Wet surface - Effect on operation (Cause)
Fog - Decision related to condition (Factor)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Attempted remediation/recovery
Runway excursion (Defining event)
Landing gear collapse

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Commercial
Age: 69, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No 
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/04/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/16/2019
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 24269 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1149 hours (Total, this make and model), 24163 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 121 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 37 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N200HF
Model/Series: 200 B200
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2004
Amateur Built: No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number:BB-1858 
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/19/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 12500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 2644 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: PT 6A-42
Registered Owner: L C Whitford Co Inc
Rated Power: 1050 hp
Operator: L C Whitford Co Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: MMU, 187 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1250 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 290°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 300 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 270°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.57 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Moderate - Fog
Departure Point: Olean, NY (OLE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Morristown, NJ (MMU)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 1050 EST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Morristown Muni (MMU)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 186 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Wet
Runway Used:23 
IFR Approach: ILS
Runway Length/Width: 5998 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 8 None
Aircraft Fire: None 
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None 
Total Injuries: 9 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.799444, -74.415000 (est)

MORRISTOWN — Morristown Airport returned to normal operations hours after a small plane went off a runway on Saturday.

The Beechcraft King Air series aircraft went off the runway into a grassy area around noon in foggy conditions, which temporarily shut down the airport, according to the airport.

There was no word on how many people were on-board the plane at the time of the incident, but Morristown Police told Patch that there were no injuries.

Based on a photo of the aircraft shared by the airport, the craft appeared to be a King Air 250, which can hold up to 9 occupants. The King Air 250 is the "most popular business turboprop in the world," according to the Beechcraft website.

By 3 p.m., the airport was handling all incoming and outgoing flights on its only other runway as an investigation continued into the crash. Both runways resumed normal traffic after 9 p.m., according to the airport.

The FAA is investigating the crash. The airport did not disclose who owned or operated the Beechcraft B200 King Air involved Saturday.

Morristown Airport is a publicly owned, privately operated airport. Among its visitors, President Donald Trump often lands there in Air Force One during his visits to the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster.

Original article can be found here ➤

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey (WABC) -- A Beechcraft B200 King Air failed to completely stop and ran off a runway at a Morristown Municipal Airport.

The incident happened Saturday when the Beechcraft plane was attempting to land on Runway 23.

The plane eventually came to a stop in a grassy area off of the runway.

Fire and Police quickly arrived at the scene around noon.

The ARFF (Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting), operations staff and EMS determined there were no injuries and no one required medical assistance.

Specific aircraft or flight details are not available but initial damage was reported to be to the propeller area of the aircraft, authorities said.

The cause of this incident is unknown at this time and this matter will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Morristown Municipal Airport was closed immediately following this incident and the airport remains closed at this time.

Original article can be found here ➤

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