Narrative: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.
|Date:||Sunday 26 March 2000|
|Type:||Cessna 525 CitationJet|
|Operator:||Mike G. Rutherford|
|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:|| Unknown (UNK)|
|Departure airport:||Houston-Sugar Land Municipal Airport, TX (SGR), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Rutherford Ranch, TX, United States of America|
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. "
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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).