Accident Cessna 550 Citation II N803SC, Saturday 1 May 2021
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Date:Saturday 1 May 2021
Time:20:39
Type:Silhouette image of generic C550 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 550 Citation II
Owner/operator:STB Aviation LLC
Registration: N803SC
MSN: 550-0615
Year of manufacture:1989
Total airframe hrs:6778 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Charleston Executive Airport, SC -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Charleston Executive Airport, SC (KJZI)
Destination airport:Columbia Metropolitan Airport, SC (CAE/KCAE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The Cessna 550 Citation II collided with two deer just after rotation at Charleston Executive Airport, SC.
The pilot continued the climbout and assessed that the flight controls functioned normally, but that the airplane was having issues with pressurization, and he was unable to communicate via radio. He eventually was able to contact air traffic control via mobile phone to coordinate their arrival at the destination and landed there uneventfully. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that it had sustained substantial damage to the right wing and its pressure vessel during the collision with the deer.

Sunset had occurred 38 minutes before the incident at the non-towered airport.

Probable cause: "The airplane's impact with a deer during takeoff."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA21LA227
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report

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