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Last updated: 17 February 2020
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 2 August 1979
Time:16:02
Type:Silhouette image of generic C501 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 501 Citation I/SP
Operator:Thurman L. Munson
Registration: N15NY
C/n / msn: 501-0110
First flight: 1979
Total airframe hrs:43
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-1A
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Akron/Canton Regional Airport, OH (CAK) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 374 m (1227 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Akron/Canton Regional Airport, OH (CAK/KCAK), United States of America
Destination airport:Akron/Canton Regional Airport, OH (CAK/KCAK), United States of America
Narrative:
The Cessna 501 Citation I/SP corporate jet stalled into the ground 870 feet short of runway 19 at Akron/Canton Regional Airport, OH (CAK) while practicing touch-and-go landings. The pilot failed to use the appropriate checklist and used non-standard approach procedures which resulted in an abnormal approach profile.
Pilot-owner Thurman L. Munson was killed in the accident. He was an American Major League Baseball catcher, playing for the New York Yankees.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to recognize the need for, and to take action to maintain, sufficient airspeed to prevent a stall into the ground during an attempted landing. The pilot also failed to recognize the need for timely and sufficient power application to prevent the stall during an approach conducted
inadvertently without flaps extended. Contributing to the pilot's inability to recognize the problem and to take proper action was his failure to use the appropriate checklist and his nonstandard pattern procedures which resulted in an abnormal approach profile."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 258 days (9 months)
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-80-02
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» NTSB


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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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