Preliminary Accident Reports

April 2005 Issue

January 1, 2005, Ainsworth, Neb. / Cessna 551 Citation

At around 1120 Central time, the aircraft was substantially damaged during an in-flight collision with terrain while attempting to land. Instrument conditions prevailed; the Instrument-rated Private pilot and three passengers were uninjured. Two passengers reported minor injuries. At 1113:16, the airplane was cleared for a GPS Runway 17 approach. The pilot later stated that the airplane started to accumulate ice at around 4000 feet msl during the approach. Subsequently, the airplane descended out of IMC at between 300 and 400 feet agl. The Citationís cockpit windows were obscured by the accumulation of ice and the pilot elected to land the airplane instead of executing the published missed-a...

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