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Crash of a Cessna 500 Citation I in Marietta: 1 killed

Accident description

  • Mar 24, 2017 at 1924 LT
  • N8DX
  • Landing (descent or approach)
  • Private
  • No
  • City
  • Cincinnati – Atlanta
  • 500-0303
  • 1976
  • Marietta, Georgia
  • USA
  • North America
  • 1
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 1
  • The pilot, sole on board, was performing a flight from Cincinnati to Atlanta. He left Cincinnati Municipal Airport at 1812LT bound for Fulton County-Brown Field Airport, west of Atlanta. After an uneventful flight, he started the descent from FL230 at 1859LT to 3,100 feet then climbed again to 3,800 feet for five minutes when control was lost. The airplane hit a house located in the suburb of Marietta and crashed in flames in a garden. The house and the aircraft were destroyed, the pilot was killed. It is believed that he encountered technical problems with the automatic pilot system just before the loss of control.