ASN Aircraft accident Cessna 560XL Citation Excel N827JS Salt Lake City International Airport, UT (SLC)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 4 September 2021
Type:Silhouette image of generic C56X model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 560XL Citation Excel
Operator:Fly Exclusive
Registration: N827JS
MSN: 560-5116
First flight: 2000
Total airframe hrs:10659
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW545A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:near Salt Lake City International Airport, UT (SLC) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS/KLAS), United States of America
Destination airport:Salt Lake City International Airport, UT (SLC/KSLC), United States of America
A Cessna 560XL Citation Excel, N827JS, sustained substantial damage after a bird strike on approach to Salt Lake City International Airport, Utah, USA.
The captain and co-pilot reported to the NTSB that, about 1 nm from the final approach fix and about 4,000 ft above the ground, the airplane shuddered. During this time the co-pilot heard multiple loud thuds and realized they had collided with a flock of birds. The flight crew did not detect any unusual flight characteristics for the remainder of the flight and landed without further incident. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the inboard leading edge of the left wing.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause: "The airplane’s impact with birds during approach. "

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 73 days (2 months)
Accident number: WPR21LA335
Download report: Final report

Bird strike
Normal landing


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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 Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV to Salt Lake City International Airport, UT as the crow flies is 588 km (368 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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