Date & Time: Apr 7, 2003 at 1212 LT
Type of aircraft:
Cessna 500 Citation
Operator:
Registration:
EC-HFA
Flight Type:
Executive
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Barcelone-Zurich
MSN:
500-0209
YOM:
1974
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
2000
Captain / Total hours on type:
111
Aircraft flight hours:
13309
Aircraft flight cycles:
14054
Circumstances:
On final approach in low visibility, the aircraft hit the ground 700 metres short of runway 14, lost its undercarriage and slid few hundred metres before coming to rest. All three occupants escaped uninjured but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. The accident is attributable to the fact that the pilot, with insufficient visual references, continued his approach below the minimum safe altitude and the aircraft collided with the ground approximately 700 metres before the threshold of runway 14. The Swiss Board determined that the following factors contributed to the accident : unsatisfactory flying qualification of the pilot on the aircraft type involved in the accident and distraction by the passenger during the entire approach and at the decision height.