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Last updated: 20 March 2019
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
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:19 km (11.9 mls) SE off Stornoway Airport (SYY) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Liverpool International Airport (LPL/EGGP), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Stornoway Airport (SYY/EGPO), United Kingdom
Descended too low and crashed into the water.

Probable Cause:

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."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: AAR 5/1984
Download report: Final report

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

» CAA AAR 5/84


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Liverpool International Airport to Stornoway Airport as the crow flies is 580 km (363 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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