CFIT Accident Cessna 208 Caravan I D-FLIC, Wednesday 30 March 2022
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Date:Wednesday 30 March 2022
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 208 Caravan I
Owner/operator:Skydive Costa d'Argento, lsf Gladwings
Registration: D-FLIC
MSN: 20800274
Year of manufacture:1998
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Säntis Mountain -   Switzerland
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Siegen-Siegerland Airport (SGE/EDGS)
Destination airport:Arezzo (LIQB)
Investigating agency: STSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Cessna 208 Caravan I, D-FLIC, was destroyed when it impacted the side of a mountain. The pilot suffered fatal injuries.

On 29 March 2022, the day before the accident, the pilot was flying the Cessna 208, registered as D-FLIC, from Costa d’Argento Airfield in Italy to the Siegerland Airport (EDSG) for maintenance. He flew over the Säntis massif under visual flight rules at an altitude of approximately 8200 ft AMSL and on the same route as on the day of the accident, namely on the direct connecting line between the waypoints PELAD and DEGES provided for flights under instrument flight rules.

On 30 March 2022 at 09:02 UTC, the pilot took off in the Cessna 208 from EDSG on a visual flight to the airport Arezzo (LIQB) in Italy. At 10:19 UTC, he passed the waypoint DEGES at 5400 ft AMSL. He was in radio contact with FIC Zurich, which had instructed him to remain under the Zurich terminal area (TMA). This airspace has a lower limit of 7500 ft AMSL at DEGES.
After passing DEGES, the pilot flew as planned in the direction of waypoint PELAD and at 10:19:31 UTC the FIC informed him that the maximum permitted altitude for visual flights without authorisation to enter controlled airspace was now flight level 130: "D-IC, report Bad Ragaz and now maximum flight level 130 possible". The pilot replied with "Roger, will report [unreadable] can you confirm start um higher?" and wanted to make sure that he could now climb, which the FIC confirmed at 10:19:43 UTC with "D-IC affirm, you may continue climb up to maximum flight level
130". The pilot then replied: "Roger, copied".
The rate of climb averaged around 550 ft/min. At 10:23 UTC, the aircraft collided with the northern flank of the Grüehorn in the Säntis massif at an altitude of 6800 ft AMSL on an unchanged flight path and flying in clouds.

The accident in which the aircraft collided with the terrain was due to the continuation of a visual flight under instrument meteorological conditions

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: STSB
Report number: 2415
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Download report: Final report



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