Fuel Exhaustion Cited in Citation II Crash

 - January 6, 2009, 11:44 AM

A Cessna Citation II that ran out of fuel and landed gear-up early Sunday morning at Wilmington (N.C.) International Airport sustained “significant damage,” and the incident has been upgraded to an accident, according to an FAA spokeswoman. According to Randy Stevenson, an executive with Joda LLC, the financing group that owns the aircraft, the Citation sustained a punctured right wing and additional damage to the belly skin, the flaps and the left wing. The aircraft is leased to Caribair, a Dominican Republic-based airline, Stevenson said, and was being operated under Part 91 out of La Isabela International Airport in the Dominican Republic. Seven people, including two pilots, were on board the aircraft at the time of the accident. No injuries were reported. The pilot had made three unsuccessful attempts to land in fog before declaring an emergency while on the fourth approach. An NTSB spokesman said the left engine shut down during the third approach and the right engine shut down during the fourth approach. The FAA spokeswoman did not know if the pilots had listed an alternate airport in the flight plan, but said that question would be part of the investigation.