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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Monday 5 December 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic C550 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 550 Citation II
Operator:DC Aviation, LLC
Registration: N75WL
C/n / msn: 550-0175
First flight: 1980
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Port Aransas-Mustang Beach Airport, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Port Aransas-Mustang Beach Airport, TX (KRAS), United States of America
Destination airport:Fort Worth-Meacham Field, TX (FTW/KFTW), United States of America
A Cessna 550 airplane, N75WL, experienced an uncontained failure of the right engine after striking a duck during climb-out from the Port Aransas-Mustang Beach Airport in Texas. The airplane diverted to the Corpus Christi International Airport, Texas, where an uneventful landing was made. The pilot was not injured. The right engine fan was missing and there was damage to the right side of the fuselage and the right wing forward of the engine.
The aircraft was registered to and operated by DC Aviation, LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on a/an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight was originating from RAS and the Fort Worth Meacham International Airport (FTW), Fort Worth, Texas was the intended destination.

Bird strike
Forced landing on runway



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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 Port Aransas-Mustang Beach Airport, TX to Fort Worth-Meacham Field, TX as the crow flies is 554 km (346 miles).

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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