Speed Eyed in Citation Fatal Accident

 - January 10, 2007, 8:29 AM

Excessive speed might have been a factor in Tuesday morning’s fatal crash of a Cessna Citation 560 at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Calif. The twinjet, registered to Goship Air in Ketchum, Idaho, was tracked by radar with about a 200-knot groundspeed at around 300 feet on final approach. The crew of Citation N86CE, on a flight from Hailey, Idaho, canceled IFR services shortly before the crash. The aircraft hit an ILS antenna before going off the end of Runway 24, went down a 100-foot embankment and slammed into a rental storage complex before catching on fire. Northeasterly Santa Ana winds reportedly created a direct, but light, tailwind on Runway 24 at the time of the accident. VMC prevailed. All four aboard were killed–pilots Jack Francis and Andy Garrett, and passengers Frank Jellinek and Janet Shefran.