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Last updated: 19 September 2018
Date:Saturday 30 June 2007
Type:Silhouette image of generic C500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 500 Citation I
Operator:IHR Administrative Services
Registration: N771HR
C/n / msn: 500-0206
First flight: 1974
Total airframe hrs:4752
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-1A
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Conway-Dennis F. Cantrell Field, AR (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Kickapoo Downtown Airpark, TX, United States of America
Destination airport:Conway-Dennis F. Cantrell Field, AR (KCWS), United States of America
A Cessna 500 Citation I corporate jet, N771HR, piloted by a commercial pilot, was destroyed during a post-impact fire after colliding with a jet-blast deflector, airport perimeter fence, and residential structure during an aborted landing from runway 26 (4,875 feet by 100 feet, asphalt) at Conway-Dennis F. Cantrell Field, AR (KCWS) . Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The pilot was fatally injured and his passenger sustained minor injuries. An individual located in the residential structure was fatally injured. The flight departed Kickapoo Downtown Airport, TX (T47), at 13:37.
The pilot climbed to the assigned cruising altitude of FL270 which was reached at 13:53. Half an hour later the pilot started the decent for Conway. Before the landing attempt, the pilot was told that the runway was wet from a recent rain shower. Witnesses reported seeing the airplane on the runway traveling at a high speed and then increase engine power to abort the landing with about 1/4 of the runway remaining. The airplane never left the ground. It continued past the runway, collided with a jet-blast deflector, the airport perimeter fence, crossed Ingram Street and collided with a building.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to fly a stabilized approach and his delayed decision to abort the landing. Contributing to the accident was the standing water on the runway."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 2 months
Accident number: CHI07FA187
Download report: Summary report

Runway excursion

» Authorities Name 2 Dead In Ark. Plane Crash (Local 10, 1-7-2007)


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Main wreckage overview
photo of Cessna 500 Citation I N771HR
Main wreckage overview
photo of Cessna 500 Citation I N771HR
Tail strike at the departure end of Runway 26; aircraft continued throug blast fence.
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Distance from Kickapoo Downtown Airpark, TX to Conway-Dennis F. Cantrell Field, AR as the crow flies is 569 km (355 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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