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Last updated: 20 February 2019
Date:Thursday 15 March 2012
Type:Silhouette image of generic C501 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 501 Citation I/SP
Registration: N7700T
C/n / msn: 501-0248
First flight: 1982
Total airframe hrs:4825
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-1B
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Franklin-Macon County Airport, NC (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Venice Municipal Airport, FL (VNC/KVNC), United States of America
Destination airport:Franklin-Macon County Airport, NC, United States of America
A Cessna 501 Citation I/SP corporate jet was destroyed in an accident at Franklin-Macon County Airport, NC. The five occupants were killed.
The airplane was inbound from Venice Municipal Airport, FL (VNC).
The Citation was high during the approach to runway 25, performed a go-around, and made a left turn for another approach. During the second approach, the airplane was high again and the approach steepened, nose-down onto the runway. The nosegear touched down approximately half-way down the runway, followed by main gear touchdown. The airplane then bounced and the witnesses heard the engine noise increase. It then banked right and the right wing contacted the ground. The airplane subsequently flipped over off the right side of the runway and a postcrash fire ensued.
The airplane came to rest in a grassy area, about 50 feet off the right side of the runway, approximately 4,250 feet beyond the approach end of runway 25.

Runway 25 is a 4400 ft/1341 m asphalt runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to achieve a stabilized approach, resulting in a nose-first, bounced landing. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's activation of only one thrust reverser, resulting in asymmetrical thrust."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Accident number: ERA12FA225
Download report: Summary report


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Distance from Venice Municipal Airport, FL to Franklin-Macon County Airport, NC as the crow flies is 905 km (566 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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