NTSB Releases Prelim In Runway Overrun Crash
who lost his wife after a plane impacted their home near Dennis F
Cantrell Field/Conway Municipal Airport (CWS) last month is suing
the estate of the pilot killed in the accident.
The Northwest Arkansas Morning-News reports J.V. Brady, who was
also injured in the June 30 landing accident, alleges his wife,
Janet, perished "in an agonizingly slow and painful manner" after a
Cessna Citation 550 overshot the runway at CWS and impacted their
The lawsuit alleges the Citation's pilot, Hugh Rains, had
earlier problems landing on the 4,800-foot runway, and that the
plane also experienced mechanical issues in the past, reports the
Also named in the suit are IHR Administrative Services of
Delaware, Rains' employer and the owner of the accident aircraft;
and Cessna Aircraft.
As ANN reported, the Citation
impacted the house, located approximately 500 feet from the runway
end at CWS. Witnesses told investigators the aircraft may have
landed long, and may have been attempting a go-around when the
A passenger on the plane, and another occupant of the home who
was outside at the time, survived the accident with injuries.
In its Preliminary Report issued this week, the National
Transportation Safety Board notes one witness did not see where the
plane touched down on the runway. Another witness told the Board
the Citation "added power at the last second, lifted the nose wheel
off the ground and struck the (jet-blast deflector)" at the end of
the runway, before impacting the Brady home.
That witness, an employee at the local FBO, also noted the
runway as damp from a recent rain shower.
Officials in the Arkansas community have since met with the FAA
to discuss moving the airport. It isn't the first time the idea has
been bandied about -- talk of moving the airport dates back the
At the forefront of the city's concerns about the current
airport, is the lack of safety zones at the current facility. A
1990 accident, involving a twin-engine plane that impacted a fence
and house on approach to land at the airport, killed the plane's