Accident Cessna S550 Citation S/II N22HP, Thursday 3 May 2007
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Date:Thursday 3 May 2007
Type:Silhouette image of generic C550 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna S550 Citation S/II
Owner/operator:Hamilton Ranches Inc.
Registration: N22HP
MSN: S550-0103
Year of manufacture:1986
Total airframe hrs:10526 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-4B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Dillon Airport, MT (DLN) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Rockford-Greater Rockford Airport, IL (RFD/KRFD)
Destination airport:Dillon Airport, MT (DLN/KDLN)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Citation N22HP departed Greater Rockford Airport (RFD) at 08:43 CDT on a flight to Dillon, MT (DLN). At 09:52 MDT, the pilot indicated that he was level at FL380. At 10:10:30, he stated that he was beginning a descent to FL240. At 10:30:59, a controller cleared the pilot to descend to 13,000 feet, and then cleared him for the VOR approach to the Dillon Airport. The last transmission from the pilot occurred at 10:33:54. He acknowledged cancellation of radar service and an instruction to switch to the airport advisory frequency.
At that time, the airplane was at a mode C reported altitude of 14,000 feet. The airplane maintained a steady descent rate for the next minute and leveled off at 13,000 feet. About 2 1/2 minutes later, the airplane began a turn to the right to head outbound for the procedure turn on the approach and descended to 12,900 feet. The approach procedure specified a minimum altitude of 8,200 feet in the procedure turn. The airplane lost 1,600 feet in the next 10 seconds, and this was the last radar contact. A witness saw an airplane below the cloud bases that was turning to the right with a nose low pitch attitude of about 75 to 80 degrees. It made six to seven turns before it disappeared from sight behind terrain, and the radius of the turn got tighter as the airplane descended.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An in-flight loss of control for undetermined reasons."


16:53 UTC / 10:53 local time:
KDLN 031653Z AUTO 23016KT 10SM FEW017 SCT030 OVC039 04/02 A2965 RMK AO2 SLP026 T00390017=
wind 230 degrees at 16 kts, visibility 10 miles, 0-2 oktas cloud at 1700ft, 3-4 oktas cloud at 3000ft, 8 oktas overcast cloud at 3900ft, temperature 4C, dewpoint 2C, QNH 29.65in

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: LAX07FA150
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Download report: Final report


Jet crashes near Dillon, 2 killed (Billings Gazette, 4-5-2007)
NTSB id LAX07FA150


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