Accident Cessna 560XL Citation Excel SE-RHJ, Sunday 29 November 2015
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Date:Sunday 29 November 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic C56X model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 560XL Citation Excel
Registration: SE-RHJ
MSN: 560-5078
Year of manufacture:2000
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PW545A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:near Farnborough Airport (FAB) -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Göteborg-City Airport (GSE/ESGP)
Destination airport:Farnborough Airport (FAB/EGLF)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The aircraft had departed Göteborg City Airport, Sweden, bound for Farnborough, U.K. During the descent, at approximately FL200, there was a sudden bang and the aircraft started to vibrate. The crew reduced speed and disengaged the autopilot; the engine parameters were normal and the aircraft remained in trim. They were concerned that something at the rear of the aircraft was damaged but nothing untoward could be seen through the cabin windows. They configured the aircraft for landing and decided not to use thrust reverse. The landing was uneventful.
The aircraft had been leased to the operator six days prior to the occurrence and was on its fourth flight following maintenance. The total flight time since maintenance was approximately five hours.

It is unlikely that the fasteners were the wrong size or had failed in flight and investigation concluded that the cowling probably detached because a number of fasteners had not been securely fastened during maintenance.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/G2015/11/02
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report


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