Fulfilling a campaign promise, newly installed Florida governor Rick Scott directed the state to sell the state’s two business airplanes–a 2000 Beechcraft King Air 350 and a 2003 Cessna Citation Bravo. His predecessor, Charlie Crist, made frequent use of these aircraft, as the airlines offer few intrastate nonstop flights and Florida’s geographical shape can make for lengthy drives.
Cessna Citation II
Cessna 550 Citation II, Sellersburg, Ind., June 5, 2009–A collision with
Cessna 550 Citation Bravo, Kent, UK, Feb. 5, 2008–No one was injured when the Citation Bravo encountered wind shear on approach to Biggin Hill Airport. Airspeed fell below 100 knots and the autopilot pitched the nose up to maintain the glideslope. The right wing dropped in a stall but the ATP-rated pilot recovered and continued the approach. The aircraft bounced on landing.
Cessna 550 Citation Bravo, Reading, Pa., Aug. 3, 2008–Two-thirds of the Bravo’s wing sheared off when the airplane hit a tractor while landing at Reading Regional Airport/Carl A. Spatz Field. The tower cleared the jet to land on Runway 31 at 3:15, and at 3:17, ground control cleared the tractor, which was mowing, to cross Runway 31 at Taxiway D.
CESSNA 551 CITATION II/SP, KINGMAN, ARIZ., JAN. 30, 2002–After notifying ATC of low fuel, the pilot requested a diversion to Kingman, Ariz. but before he could reach his new destination both engines flamed out. The aircraft landed gear up on I-40 about half a mile short of the runway. Investigators from the NTSB told AIN the Citation suffered only minor damage.
Cessna 550 Citation II, Butler, Pa., Jan. 24, 2007–The NTSB attributed the runway overrun of the air ambulance Air Trek Citation II to the copilot’s failure to maintain proper airspeed and failure to land at the proper touchdown point, and the pilot-in-command’s inadequate supervision. Factors were the PIC’s failure to activate the speed brake upon touchdown and the snow-contaminated runway.
Cessna Citation S550 Bravo, Dillon, Mont., May 3, 2007–The ATP-rated owner-pilot and a passenger were killed when the Citation Bravo crashed on a circling instrument approach at Dillon in VMC. A witness reported hearing a loud engine noise followed by a “plop.” He said the engine noise was loud, diminished, then got loud again. He spotted a large cloud of black smoke and a fire outside the airport boundary fence.
Recovery efforts are continuing today for the wreckage of a 1981 Cessna Citation II that crashed into Lake Michigan soon after takeoff from Milwaukee late yesterday afternoon, killing all six aboard. The dead included two doctors and two specialists from the University of Michigan Health System, who were in Milwaukee harvesting human lungs for transplant.
When a Mooney strayed to within eight miles of the White House in October, a flight of F-16s reportedly intercepted it and safely escorted the disoriented pilot out of harm’s way.