Accident description
Last updated: 21 November 2014
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 8 March 2001
Time:21:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic C525 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 525 CitationJet
Operator:Wilmington Trust
Registration: N909M
C/n / msn: 525-0249
First flight: 1998
Engines: 2 Williams International FJ44-1A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel Airport (HAM) (   Germany) show on map
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Mannheim Airport (MHG/EDFM), Germany
Destination airport:Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel Airport (HAM/EDDH), Germany
Narrative:
About 20:45 the pilot contacted Hamburg Tower for a landing on runway 15. The aeroplane did not touch down on the runway but the pilot initiated a go-around. With the next radio contact ten minutes later, the pilot reported to the TWR controller that his CitationJet had landing gear problems. During an arranged fly-by of the aeroplane by the tower, the controller confirmed that the undercarriage was down. Nevertheless the instruments did not show three greens. About 21:20, the aircraft touched down normally with the right-hand landing gear yielding immediately. By counteracting the aeroplane movement, the pilot managed in delaying ground contact of the right-hand wing and afterwards holding the CitationJet over a distance of 1000 m on the runway. Finally the aeroplane stopped 30 m to the right beside runway 15 and appr. 300 m in front of the intersection with runway 23.

CONCLUSIONS: "The cause of the accident was that: a) the hydraulic system failed as a result of a defective
valve; b) the pilot did not accomplish the procedure recommended by the manufacturer in case the landing gear is not positively locked. A contributing factor to b) was that the instruction given by the manufacturer is not clearly formulated."

Sources:
» Scramble 263

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Bundesstelle für Flugunfalluntersuchung (BFU) - Germany
report status: Final
report number: BFU CX003-0/01
report released:01-MAR-2002
duration of investigation:358 days (11.9 months)
download report: Untersuchungsbericht (BFU CX003-0/01)

Follow-up / safety actions
The BFU considers that the aircraft manufacturer already initiated sufficient actions to exclude the detected flaw within the hydraulic system for the future.

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N909M being prepared for shipment to be repaired
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N909M being prepared for shipment to be repaired
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Map
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 Mannheim Airport to Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel Airport as the crow flies is 470 km (294 miles).

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