The Pilot Cycled The Anti-Skid Brake System About 2-3 Times, And Then The Braking Did Not Respond
Location: Lufkin, TX Accident Number: CEN21LA071
Date & Time: December 2, 2020, 08:43 Local Registration: N48DK
Aircraft: Cessna 551 Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Business
On December 2, 2020, about 0843 central standard time, a Cessna 551, N48DK, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Lufkin, Texas. The airline transport pilot sustained minor injuries and 2 passengers were not injured. The airplane was being operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 corporate flight.
The pilot stated that after an uneventful Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight from Austin, Texas, he entered the RNAV 16 approach to runway 16 at the Angelina County Airport (LFK), Lufkin, Texas. His intention was a full stop landing. After breaking out of the clouds during the approach, he cancelled his flight plan and landed on runway 16 which was wet, and it was raining.
During the landing, the pilot cycled the anti-skid brake system about 2-3 times, and then the braking did not respond while the airplane slowed to about 20 knots. The pilot thought that the airplane’s anti-skid stopped working and the airplane may have hydroplaned. The airplane exited the runway onto wet grass, went through an airport perimeter fence, crossed a roadway, and came to rest in a cow pasture. The pilot and both passengers evacuated the airplane after coming to a stop.
On scene inspection of the airplane revealed that the nose and main landing gear collapsed after departing the runway, and both wings had structural damage to their respective spars.