Accident description
Last updated: 20 August 2014
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 8 December 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic C500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 500 Citation I
Operating for:Trans Europe Air Charter
Leased from:Brencham Ltd
Registration: G-UESS
C/n / msn: 500-0326
First flight: 1976
Total airframe hrs:1871
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-1
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:19 km (11.9 mls) SE off Stornoway Airport (SYY) (   United Kingdom) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Liverpool International Airport (LPL/EGGP), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Stornoway Airport (SYY/EGPO), United Kingdom
Narrative:
Descended too low and crashed into the water.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's lack of awareness of his true altitude, which resulted in his allowing his aircraft to descend until it struck the sea. Likely contributory factors were that he was distracted by the need to establish visual contact with another aircraft and that he was misled by false cues from lights on the ground ahead of him."

Classification:
Distraction in cockpit
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

Sources:
» CAA AAR 5/84

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) - U.K.
report status: Final
report number: AAIB AAR 5/1984
download report: Report on the accident to Cessna Citation 500, G-UESS at the Isle of Lewis on 8 December 1983 (AAIB AAR 5/1984)
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Distance from Liverpool International Airport to Stornoway Airport as the crow flies is 580 km (363 miles).

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