Date & Time: Aug 2, 2012 at 0617 LT
Type of aircraft:
Cessna 500 Citation
Landing (descent or approach)
Oviedo - Santiago de Compostella
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At 2146LT on 01AUG2012, crew completed an ambulance flight from Oviedo-Asturias Airport to Porto with a medical team and a crew of two on board, on behalf of the National Transplant Organisation. During the night, crew was awaiting at Porto to bring back the medical team to Oviedo but the medical operation took more time than expected. Due to rest time, crew left Porto at 0545LT for a short flight to its base and received two minutes after take off the authorization to complete an ILS approach to runway 17. Following a last weather briefing, crew started the descent and obtained the permission to land at 0615LT. Two minutes later, while on a correct configuration for landing (gear lowered and flaps down), aircraft hit tree tops and crashed in a wooded area located 1,600 meters short of runway 17. While the aircraft was destroyed, both pilots aged 35 & 37 were killed.
According to CIAIAC, the airplane was correctly configured for the approach and the collision occurred in a normal attitude. At the time of the accident, visibility was estimated at 4 km with patches of clouds at 600 feet on approach. As a result, Board concluded the accident has been assimilated to a controlled flight into terrain (CFIT). More investigation should be conducted to complete this event.