Crash of a Cessna S550 Citation S/II near George: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jan 23, 2020 at 1050 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZS-CAR
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
George - George
MSN:
S550-0078
YOM:
1985
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
A Cessna S550 Citation S/II of the South African Civil Aviation Authority crashed into the Outeniqua mountains, near the town of Friemersheim. The three occupants were killed and the aircraft was destroyed. The Citation departed Port Elizabeth Airport (FAPE) on a positioning flight to George Airport (FAGG). On approach to FAGG, the flying crew requested to carry out a calibration flight for the very high frequency omnidirectional range (VOR) beacon at FAGG. Due to inclement weather conditions at the time, they were not cleared to conduct VOR calibration. As a result, they decided to land and refuel the aircraft before commencing with the calibration of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) on runway 11 at FAGG. The flying crew requested take-off from runway 11 and an early right turn to intercept radial 250°, 17 nautical miles (nm) DME arc to radial 330° at 3000 feet (ft) climbing to 4,000 feet. The air traffic control (ATC) granted their request. Radar data indicated that at 10:42, the aircraft took off from runway 11 and, once airborne, made a right-hand turn to intercept radial 250° using the George VOR (GRV VOR). The aircraft climbed to 3000ft. Once the aircraft reached 17 nm on the DME from the GRV VOR (DME is co-located with the VOR), it commenced with a right-hand turn to intercept radial 330° while maintaining 17nm DME arc. At 10:46, the ATC at FAGG advised the flying crew that they were now exiting controlled airspace and were advised to broadcast on the special rules frequency. The crew acknowledged the advisory to change frequency and there was no further communication. The aircraft was still being monitored by ATC using secondary surveillance radar. At 10:50, radar data showed the aircraft crossing radial 310° and entered a climb from 3000ft, reaching 3,900 feet. As the aircraft levelled off at 3,900 feet, a rapid descent occurred, and the aircraft lost 1500ft in approximately 9 seconds. Three seconds prior to impact, the aircraft nose pitched up before impacting a ridge at 2,192 feet.

Crash of a Cessna 550 Citation II in Maraú: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 14, 2019 at 1400 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
PT-LTJ
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Jundiaí – Maraú
MSN:
550-0225
YOM:
1981
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
After landing at Maraú-Barra Grande Airport runway 11/29, the airplane veered off runway and came to rest in flames. A passenger was killed while nine other occupants were injured. The aircraft was totally destroyed by a post crash fire.

Crash of a Cessna 550 Citation II in Mesquite

Date & Time: Jul 17, 2019 at 1920 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N320JT
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Pasco - Las Vegas
MSN:
550-0271
YOM:
1981
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The pilot, sole on board, departed Pasco-Tri-Cities Airport, Washington, on a flight to Las Vegas-Henderson Executive Airport. For unknown reasons, he decided to fly to Mesquite Municipal Airport located in the northeast part of Nevada state. After touchdown on runway 01/19, the airplane veered off runway to the left, lost its undercarriage and came to rest in flames. The pilot escaped uninjured while the aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire. The pilot was later arrested on suspicion of flying while drunk.

Crash of a Cessna S550 Citation II in Indianapolis: 2 killed

Date & Time: May 22, 2019 at 1243 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N311G
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Indianapolis - Minden
MSN:
550-0041
YOM:
1985
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Indianapolis-Regional Airport, while climbing, the airplane went out of control and crashed in flames in an open field located few miles from the airfield. The aircraft was totally destroyed upon impact and both occupants were killed.