Serious incident Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2+ G-TBEA, Saturday 9 January 2016
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Date:Saturday 9 January 2016
Time:18:07 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C25A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2+
Owner/operator:Centreline Air Charter Ltd
Registration: G-TBEA
MSN: 525A-0191
Year of manufacture:2003
Engine model:Williams International FJ44-2C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Serious incident
Location:Norwich International Airport, Norwich, Norfolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Norwich Airport (NWI/EGSH)
Destination airport:Manchester International Airport (MAN/EGCC)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
Aircraft veered off the runway during takeoff at low speed. Press reports indicate that the passengers were footballers from Manchester City Football Club flying back to Manchester after playing Norwich earlier that day. The runway at Norwich Airport was closed for four hours and re-opened at 21:58. The ambulance service said no injuries had been reported, and the Norfolk fire service was not called into action.

The aircraft had been lined up with the runway’s left edge lights, having not followed the green turning circle taxiway lights to their conclusion. The incident was deemed serious enough to be t

"AAIB investigation to Cessna 525A, Citationjet CJ2, G-TBEA
Runway excursion during takeoff, Norwich International Airport, 9 January 2016.

The aircraft was on a chartered flight from Norwich International Airport to Manchester International Airport. On board were two flight crew and three passengers. The commander was the PF (Pilot Flying) and taxied the aircraft. At the time Runway 27 was in use and was wet. The wind was from 170° at 15 kt, the visibility was in excess of 10 km and it was dark.

After an uneventful start the aircraft was cleared by ATC to taxi from the SaxonAir Apron via Taxiways Echo and Tango to Holding Point Alpha 2. As the aircraft passed Tango the commander incorrectly turned onto Taxiway Charlie. Realising the mistake, he stopped the aircraft and the co-pilot informed ATC that they had taken the wrong turning. The aircraft was then re-cleared to Holding Point Charlie Two and then to enter, backtrack, and line up and wait on Runway 27.

As the aircraft entered the runway the commander initially followed the runway centreline lights and then the green turning circle taxiway lights on the threshold of Runway 27, to the right. The aircraft then turned to the left to line up on what the crew believed was the runway centreline, and was cleared for takeoff.

Soon after, the aircraft started accelerating it veered rapidly to the left. The commander tried to keep it straight by applying right rudder and differential braking. However, he quickly realised the left wheel was on the grass and aborted the takeoff. As the aircraft decelerated and came to rest it slewed around to the right due to the application of right rudder and wheel brakes.

After the aircraft had stopped the commander shutdown the engines and the co-pilot informed ATC that the aircraft had gone onto the grass. The commander determined that the passengers had not sustained injuries. He then opened the cabin entry door to check for any sign of smoke or fire. As there were none he elected to remain on the aircraft until the RFFS (Rescue & Fire Fighting Services) arrived, which they did shortly thereafter.

The incident occurred at night. All lighting on Runway 27 was subsequently checked and found to be functioning normally

=Safety actions=
The operator issued an Information Notice, on 15 January 2016, to all its pilots, reminding them that taxiing is a critical part of the flight. It stated in part:
4. When cleared to line up brief on what you expect to see.
5. Once lined up, carry out a gross error and sense check:
a) Confirm heading indications against runway orientation
b) Confirm lined up on the centreline i.e. a dashed and not a solid line.
c) If at night, compare centreline lights (if applicable), edgeways lights, taxi light etc are what you expect to see in accordance with the plate"

=Damage sustained to airframe=
Per the AAIB report "Landing gear, landing gear doors and underside of aircraft" were damaged. The aircraft was repaired and returned to service, being re-registered in the Isle of Man as M-TBEA on 20 February 2017

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/G2016/01/01
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


1. AAIB:

History of this aircraft

This Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2+ was built in 2003, and was first registered in the United States as N776LB on 16 December 2003 to Continental Lending Group LLC. The aircraft was first UK registered on 11 May 2006 as G-TBEA. After three UK registered owners as G-TBEA (May 2006 to February 2017) the registration G-TBEA was cancelled as "Transferred to another country or authority - Isle of Man". On 20 February 2017, G-TBEA was re-regsistered in the Isle of Man as M-TBEA



Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2+ G-TBEA at Manchester Airport (MAN/EGCC) 4 October 2014: G-TBEA 04/10/14 Manchester

Revision history:

10-Jan-2016 20:33 Tom Pouce Added
10-Jan-2016 20:34 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
10-Jan-2016 22:20 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
10-Jan-2016 22:26 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
11-Jan-2016 11:03 Petropavlovsk Updated [Registration, Nature, Source]
11-Jan-2016 11:03 harro Updated [Registration]
11-Jan-2016 11:20 ANON Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
11-Jan-2016 14:54 Anon. Updated [Operator]
02-Feb-2016 20:53 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Departure airport, Narrative]
09-Jun-2016 09:29 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
09-Jun-2016 15:53 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
11-May-2024 06:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Category]

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