Sunday, November 01, 2020

Raytheon 400A Beechjet, N456FL: Accident occurred November 01, 2020 at Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport (KFHB), Nassau County, Florida

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.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida
Nextant Aerospace; Cleveland, Ohio
Georgia Jet; Lawrenceville, Georgia 

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Location: Fernandina Beach, FL 
Accident Number: ERA21LA036
Date & Time: November 1, 2020, 14:00 Local
Registration: N456FL
Aircraft: Raytheon 400A
Injuries: 6 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi & commuter - Non-scheduled

On November 1, 2020, about 1400 eastern standard time, a Raytheon 400A airplane, N456FL, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport (FHB), Fernandina Beach, Florida. The pilot, copilot, and four passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 air taxi flight.

The flight departed from Naples Municipal Airport (APF), Naples Florida about 1304, and was subsequently cleared for the RNAV (GPS) RWY 13 approach at FHB.

According to the copilot, the automated weather observation system at FHB reported winds 110°-120° at 4 knots, gusting to 18 knots. Rain showers had passed over the airport prior to arrival. Takeoff and landing data calculations were within limits for a 5,100-ft-long, wet runway.

The approach was normal and flown utilizing the autopilot. They had the runway in sight approximately 3 miles out. The pilot reduced thrust to idle power at 50 ft above ground level and touched down on speed, centerline, and on aim point. The copilot then deployed speed brakes at approximately 97 knots.

The pilot applied the brakes and then stated he was getting no braking feel. The airplane was not decelerating normally. The copilot selected antiskid off; however, there was no improvement in braking action.

The pilot managed to “scrub off” some groundspeed by steering to the left and right sides of the runway before the airplane departed the end of the runway. The airplane stopped approximately 150 ft past the runway in soft soil and grass.

According to the pilot, the wind was reported as 110° at 4 knots, gusting to 18 knots. The runway was wet, and it appeared opaque with no standing water. The airplane touched down on speed and on the aiming point markers. Upon applying the brakes, he received zero feedback. The antiskid off was turned off while on the last third of the runway and the airplane experienced some side to side skidding toward the end of the runway.

After the accident, the airport manager and the pilot drove down the full length of the runway and the pilot could not find any skid marks except for the side to side skidding.

Initial weight and balance calculations revealed that the airplane was within limitations when the accident occurred. Postaccident examination of the airplane by an NTSB investigator confirmed that the antiskid switch was in the “OFF” position. Examination and testing of the brakes and antiskid system indicated that they were operating normally.

The recorded weather at FHB at 1400, included wind 290° at 17 knots, gusting to 23 knots, 1 1/4 miles visibility, heavy rain, and mist.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Chart Supplements, FHB was owned by the City of Fernandina Beach. It was classified by the FAA as a publicly owned, uncontrolled, public use The airport elevation was 15.7 mean sea level and runways were in a 4/22, 9/27, and 13/31 configuration.

Runway 13 was asphalt with porous friction courses, in good condition. The runway was 5,152 ft long by 100 ft wide. It was marked with nonprecision markings in good condition with a touchdown point. It was equipped with medium intensity runway edge lights, runway end identifier lights, and a 2-light precision approach path indicator on the left side of the runway which provided a 3.00° glidepath to
touchdown. Obstacles existed in the form of a tree located 2,045 feet from the runway, 50 ft right of centerline, which took a 42:1 slope to clear.

The wreckage was retained by the NTSB for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Raytheon 
Registration: N456FL
Model/Series: 400A 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: IMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: FHB,16 ft msl
Observation Time: 14:00 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C /23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 1300 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 17 knots / 23 knots, 290°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1300 ft AGL 
Visibility: 1.2 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Naples, FL (APF)
Destination: Fernandina Beach, FL

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 4 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 6 None Latitude,
Longitude: 30.611833,-81.461194 (est)

FERNANDINA BEACH, Florida — A runway is closed at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport after a small jet skidded off the runway Sunday, according to the City of Fernandina Beach Government.

In a post to Facebook, the city government said passengers and crew are OK but the jet's pilot sustained a bump to his head. 

Runway 13/31 is closed following the incident. The city government said the FAA and NTSB were both notified. 

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