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On January 4, 2020 a Beechcraft B200 King Air, registration N200HF, landed on a wet runway and hydroplaned, ultimately overrunning the runway into an area of grass and mud, resulting in the airplane’s nose gear collapsing.

The pilot reported that, during the descent for an instrument approach in instrument meteorological
conditions, he saw an area of patchy fog over the approach end of the runway and leveled off to avoid the fog. He landed the airplane with about 3,000 ft of the nearly 6,000-ft-long runway remaining and felt the airplane hydroplaning while using a combination of wheel braking and the beta range of the propellers. The airplane subsequently overran the end of the runway onto grass and mud, which resulted in the nose landing gear collapsing. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the forward fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of this accident to be the airplane hydroplaning while landing on a wet runway, which degraded its braking capability and
resulted in a runway overrun onto grass and mud, and the nose landing gear collapsing. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s improper decision to land the airplane until it was near the runway midpoint due to fog over the approach end of the runway.

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