ASN Aircraft accident Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2 C-GOJG Scottsbluff, NE
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 18 December 2019
Type:Silhouette image of generic C25A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2
Operator:C-GHGR Holdings
Registration: C-GOJG
MSN: 525A-0087
First flight: 2002
Total airframe hrs:4142
Engines: 2 Williams International FJ44-2C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:near Scottsbluff, NE (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Casper/Natrona County International Airport, WY (CPR/KCPR), United States of America
Destination airport:Scottsbluff-Western Nebraska Regional Airport, NE (BFF/KBFF), United States of America
A Cessna 525 aircraft, operated by C-GHGR Holdings, was enroute from Casper, Wyoming to Scottsbluff, Nebraska, USA, with the pilot and 4 passengers on board. During cruise at 25000 feet ASL, the pilot heard a bang followed by a sudden, slight change in pitch attitude. The pilot immediately regained pitch control and continued to destination. An emergency was declared and the aircraft landed uneventfully. An inspection revealed that the right lower engine cowling departed the aircraft and struck the outer portion of the right horizontal stab.

Further examination of the airplane revealed that three consecutive fasteners located at the forward inboard corner of the right engine cowling were missing. The receptacles associated with these fasteners did not display tearing/fractures. The remaining fasteners were in place and retained cowling material beneath the fastener heads.
The cowling and missing fasteners have not been recovered.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: The installation of incorrect mounting hardware to secure the right engine cowl, which resulted in an in-flight separation and impact with the horizontal stabilizer and elevator.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 4 months
Accident number: CEN20LA041
Download report: Final report

Loss/opening of engine cowling
Forced landing on runway

» TSB A19F0327


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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 Casper/Natrona County International Airport, WY to Scottsbluff-Western Nebraska Regional Airport, NE as the crow flies is 260 km (163 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the 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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