Friday, March 06, 2020

Wrong Surface or Wrong Airport: Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster, N706FX: accident occurred March 05, 2020 at Rhinelander–Oneida County Airport (KRHI), Wisconsin

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Rhinelander, WI
Accident Number: CEN20CA119
Date & Time: 03/05/2020, 0815 CST
Registration: N706FX
Aircraft: Cessna 208
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Wrong surface or wrong airport
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

The pilot reported that upon reaching the decision altitude on a GPS instrument approach, he saw the runway end identifier lights and continued the approach. Shortly thereafter the lights disappeared and then reappeared. He continued the approach and landing thinking he was lined up with the runway by using the runway edge lights for reference. Upon touching down, the airplane dug into the snow and flipped over resulting in substantial damage to the wings and tail. The airplane landed about 225ft left of the runway. The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 45, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/18/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/30/2020
Flight Time:  7245 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3684 hours (Total, this make and model), 6109 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 27 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 17 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N706FX
Model/Series:208 B 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1995
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 208B0426
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/21/2020, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 8752 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 64 Hours
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 11458 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: PT6A SER
Registered Owner: Federal Express Corporation
Rated Power: 675 hp
Operator: CSA Air, Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRHI, 1624 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1332 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 186°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  0.75 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 400 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 180°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.69 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 1°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Moderate - Blowing - Snow; No Obscuration
Departure Point: Milwaukee, WI (MKE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Rhinelander, WI (RHI)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Rhinelander-Oneida County (RHI)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 1623 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Snow
Runway Used: 27
IFR Approach: Global Positioning System
Runway Length/Width: 6799 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 45.631389, -89.481944 

RHINELANDER, Wisconsin (WSAU-WXPR) -- A mistake on landing led a cargo plane to flip over at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport Thursday morning, injuring the pilot and closing the airport.

According to WXPR Radio the incident happened at 8:15 a.m. as the plane was arriving in Rhinelander on its flight from Milwaukee.

“It was CSA Air, a  Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster, one occupant,” said Airport Director Matthew Leitner. “Our airport rescue and firefighting responded initially, then that was augmented by the Rhinelander Fire Department and the Rhinelander Police Department.”

The pilot was taken to a local hospital. There’s no update on his or her condition.

The airport remained locked down and closed to air traffic until mid-afternoon, when the Federal Aviation Administration completed its on-site inspection.

The plane was operated by Kingsford, Michigan-based CSA Air. “They’re a carrier on contract with FedEx. They operate FedEx freight services into and out of Rhinelander,” Leitner said.

All runways except one are open again. Delta anticipated its passenger flights would return to schedule Thursday night.

Leitner said FedEx plans to retrieve the plane from near the runway on Friday. He couldn’t comment on a possible cause for the incident.

Heavy snow blanketed the Rhinelander area much of Thursday morning.

Original article can be found here ➤

RHINELANDER, Wisconsin (WSAW) -- A spokesman for the FAA says a single-engine Cessna 208 caravan crashed Thursday morning under unknown circumstances at Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport. The crash was reported at 8:15 a.m.

Tony Molinaro explained to NewsChannel 7 by email, while landing, the aircraft flipped over and came to rest between a taxiway and a runway.

Rhinelander Oneida County Airport director Matthew Leitner issued a statement saying there was one person on board. He stated the FAA is scheduled to arrive at the airport at 12:30 p.m. to investigate. He said the plane was contracted with FedEx.

The pilot was transported to a local hospital.

FedEx released a statement that reads: "FedEx flight 8312, a Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster feeder aircraft operated by CSA Air en route from Milwaukee to Rhinelander, Wisconsin, experienced an incident upon landing. The pilot was taken to a local hospital for observation. We are thankful for the first responders who were dispatched to the scene, and we are fully cooperating with investigating authorities."

Leitner tells NewsChannel 7 that Delta will be able to use the airport's second runway for tonight's scheduled incoming flights. The weather could cause some delays, however. The flight that was supposed to come into Rhinelander Thursday afternoon has been delayed and is rescheduled to arrive in Rhinelander Friday morning.

Original article can be found here ➤

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