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Accident description
Last updated: 4 October 2015
Date:Sunday 26 March 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic C525 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 525 CitationJet
Operator:Mike G. Rutherford
Registration: N130MR
C/n / msn: 525-0097
First flight: 1995
Total airframe hrs:720
Engines: 2 Williams International FJ44-1A
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Buda, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Houston-Sugar Land Municipal Airport, TX (SGR/KSGR), United States of America
Destination airport:Rutherford Ranch, TX, United States of America
Approached a private airport in IMC. Impacted a tree approximately 4,000 feet from airport in an upright position and impacted the ground in an inverted position.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's inadequate in-flight decision to continue a visual approach in instrument meteorological conditions which resulted in his failure to maintain terrain clearance. Contributing factors were the fog, drizzle, and low ceilings. "

Low visibility
VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground



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Distance from Houston-Sugar Land Municipal Airport, TX to Rutherford Ranch, TX as the crow flies is 227 km (142 miles).

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