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Last updated: 23 July 2021
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 14 October 2007
Time:23:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic SBR1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rockwell Sabreliner 65
Operator:Sabre 65 LLC
Registration: N65BT
MSN: 465-3
First flight: 1979
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-3R-1D
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Olathe-New Century AirCenter, KS (JCI) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO (MKC/KMKC), United States of America
Destination airport:Olathe-New Century AirCenter, KS (JCI/KIXD), United States of America
Narrative:
The airplane had just completed a corporate/executive flight and was being repositioned to its base. The captain, who was flying the airplane, said he saw the runway lights through light rain when they were 10 miles away from the airport. He intercepted and flew the visual approach slope indicator and landed on runway 18. The rain increased in intensity, and the airplane touched down approximately the 1,000-foot mark. The wind was from the southeast and gusting. As the captain selected reverse thrust, the wind shifted from the west. Directional control was lost and the airplane hydroplaned off the left side of the runway, striking a concrete pad and runway light. The nose landing gear was sheared off and the pressure vessel was compromised.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to maintain directional control. Contributing factors in this accident were the sudden wind shift, from calm to a gusty crosswind, the runway light, and the concrete pad."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 169 days (6 months)
Accident number: DEN08LA011
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» NTSB Identification: DEN08LA011


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Distance from Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO to Olathe-New Century AirCenter, KS as the crow flies is 41 km (26 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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