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Date:Monday 18 August 2003
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Raytheon Beechjet 400A
Operator:Executive Beechcraft, Inc.
Registration: N51NP
MSN: RK-224
First flight: 1999
Total airframe hrs:1087
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:St. Augustine Airport, FL (UST) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:St. Augustine Airport, FL (UST/KSGJ), United States of America
Destination airport:Hickory Airport, NC (HKY/KHKY), United States of America
A Beechcraft 400A, N51NP, experienced a loss of directional control on takeoff from St. Augustine Airport, Florida, USA. The aircraft operated on a positioning flight from St. Augustine Airport, to Hickory Regional Airport, North Carolina.
The pilot-in-command (PIC) seated in the right front seat stated the copilot was flying the airplane, and the calculated V1 speed was 107 knots with 10 degrees of flaps selected. The airplane was stopped with the parking brake applied at the D1 intersection, and after being cleared for takeoff, the parking brake was released and a rolling takeoff from runway 31 was initiated. During the takeoff roll at 105 knots, the airplane turned abruptly 30 degrees to the left, and he initiated the aborted takeoff. He applied the brakes, reduced thrust, and applied both thrust reversers. In an attempt to maintain directional control both pilots applied right rudder input and pumped the right brake, but the airplane departed the left side of the runway about 2,000 feet from the departure end of the runway. One of the main landing gears contacted an arresting cable, and the airplane continued onto grass.

Probable Cause:

The inadvertent left brake application by the copilot during the takeoff roll and the delay by the pilot-in-command to abort the takeoff resulting in a loss of directional control, and on-ground encounter with terrain.

Rejected takeoff
Runway excursion


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Distance from St. Augustine Airport, FL to Hickory Airport, NC as the crow flies is 639 km (399 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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