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Last updated: 30 April 2017
Datum:Donnerstag 8 März 2001
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C525 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 525 CitationJet
Fluggesellschaft:Wilmington Trust
Kennzeichen: N909M
Werknummer: 525-0249
Baujahr: 1998
Triebwerk: 2 Williams International FJ44-1A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel Airport (HAM) (   Deutschland)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Flug von:Mannheim Airport (MHG/EDFM), Deutschland
Flug nach:Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel Airport (HAM/EDDH), Deutschland
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.

Probable Cause:

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."

Accident investigation:
investigating agency: Bundesstelle für Flugunfalluntersuchung (BFU) - Germany
status: Final
number: BFU CX003-0/01
released:1 March 2002
duration of investigation: 12 months
download report: Untersuchungsbericht (BFU CX003-0/01)

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


photo of Cessna 525 CitationJet N909M
N909M being prepared for shipment to be repaired
photo of Cessna 525 CitationJet N909M
N909M being prepared for shipment to be repaired
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Distance from Mannheim Airport to Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel Airport as the crow flies is 470 km (294 miles).

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