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N9280Q accident description

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Crash location 42.072223°N, 70.221111°W
Nearest city Provincetown, MA
42.050103°N, 70.199471°W
1.9 miles away
Tail number N9280Q
Accident date 19 Jul 2002
Aircraft type Beech 58
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On July 19, 2002, at 1832 eastern daylight time, a Beech 58, N9280Q, was substantially damaged when it overran the departure end of runway 07 during a landing at Provincetown Municipal Airport (PVC), Provincetown, Massachusetts. The certificated private pilot and the passenger were not injured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time. The airplane was operating on an instrument flight rules flight plan between Danbury Municipal Airport (DXR), Danbury, Connecticut, and Provincetown. The personal flight was conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

According to the pilot, during the ILS RWY 07 approach, the airplane descended out of an overcast cloud layer about 200 feet above the ground, with a visibility of about 3/4 of a mile. The pilot noticed that the runway threshold was off to his right. He added power to prevent a stall, and maneuvered the airplane to the right. He landed the airplane at what he thought was 110 mph, about 1,800 feet down the runway.

The pilot further stated that he thought the airplane's brakes were "not up to par" when he attempted to stop, but felt the overriding cause of the accident was his failure to initiate a go-around when he was not in a proper position to land.

In a subsequent statement, the pilot also reported that he "landed too fast."

According the airplane's Pilot Operating Handbook, at maximum gross weight, the "airspeed for safe operation," at "landing approach flaps 30," was 110 mph. The calculated no-wind landing distance at maximum gross weight was about 1,450 feet.

Provincetown Airport runway 07 was about 3,500 feet long, and 100 feet wide. The ILS RWY 07 approach minimums included a 200-foot ceiling and a 3/4-statute-mile visibility.

Weather, recorded at the airport 2 minutes after the accident, included winds from 050 degrees true at 6 knots, temperature 71 degrees Fahrenheit, dewpoint 64 degrees Fahrenheit, a 100-foot overcast cloud layer, and a visibility of 1/4 statute mile.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to initiate a timely go-around, which resulted in his landing the airplane long and fast. Factors included low ceilings and the airplane's initial misalignment with the runway.

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