Accident Cessna 340A N36JM, 07 Nov 1996
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 134062
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C340 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 340A
Registration: N36JM
MSN: 749
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pawtucket, RI -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:ACK
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On November 7, 1996, at 0900 eastern standard time, a Cessna 340A, N36JM, sustained substantial damage when it collided with terrain after landing on runway 05 at North Central State Airport (SFZ) in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The certificated airline transport pilot and commercial pilot passenger received serious injuries. The third occupant, an infant, was uninjured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and an IFR flight plan was filed for the flight conducted under 14 CFR 91. The aircraft departed Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK) at 0815 destined for Pawtucket.

In a telephone interview, the pilot reported that the airplane was established on the Localizer Runway 05 approach at North Central State Airport (SFZ). He said the airplane was at the minimum descent altitude of 820 feet mean sea level (MSL), 1.9 miles DME from the runway threshold when he began to prepare for the missed approach. The pilot stated that he knew he "...wasn't going to get in because the cloud cover was too thick." He stated that when he pushed the mixture, propeller, and power levers forward he felt no "...surge...", no corresponding increase in propeller or engine RPM. The pilot said the airplane experienced a "...power loss and airspeed degeneration." He said the power loss was on both engines, the aircraft continued "...straight ahead...", and no rudder input was required to keep the nose straight.

The pilot explained that the airspeed decayed from 105 knots to 80 knots. He said, "I pushed the nose over to avoid a stall..." and subsequently "...spotted the runway, I knew we were too far down. I decided I would rather land long..." than continue and chance uncertain terrain beyond the airport. He said, " If the runway was dry, I probably would have made it, but we were hydro-planing the whole way down." The aircraft continued off the end of the runway and impacted terrain and a tower structure. At the scene, the pilot reported to an Inspector from the Rhode Island Airport Corporation that he hit the tower at "...100 miles an hour or knots, whatever." A police officer reported the pilot said "...he lost power to one of his twin engines for an unknown reason."

In a telephone interview, the copilot was questioned about the airplane's performance at the missed approach point. She said, "It felt like we were still back on the props and we were stuck in mud." She stated that she did not recall airspeeds or altitudes nor did she hear the stall warning horn. The copilot reported that she was not briefed about the weather conditions at North Central State Airport prior to departure but that she did hear the ATIS report enroute. The copilot is a commercial pilot with a Multi-engine Land Instrument rating. She has approximately 400 hours of flight time with "...about two-thirds multi-engine."

Radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration shows N36JM descending to 800 feet (MSL) and then continuing the descent to 600 feet (MSL). The last radar plot at 800 feet places N36JM approximately 1.3 miles from the runway. The radar plot at 600 feet places N36JM approximately .6 miles from the runway. The airspeed throughout this portion of the approach was 113 knots +/- 3 knots. Airport elevation at North Central State is 441 feet.

The purpose of the flight was to bring N36JM to North Central State Airport (SFZ) for propeller maintenance. An Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic at SFZ reported in a written statemant, "On November 7, 1996 at about 8:30 am, I received a call from [the copilot] telling me they were coming in. She asked about the weather and I said it did not look good. She said that they may have to go to T.F. Green [Airport] and wait and tell the prop man to wait. At about 9 or 9:15 I heard the [engines] of a twin [aircraft]. Mike stepped out the door and said it was [N36JM] then everything went quiet."

Another witness wrote, "Aircraft broke out of the clouds just above the trees North of Runway 5 and west of Runway 15. Aircraft was banking fr


NTSB id 20001208X07106

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21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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