ASN Aircraft accident Cessna 550 Citation II HB-VIT Lugano Airport (LUG)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 21 March 1992
Type:Silhouette image of generic C550 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 550 Citation II
Registration: HB-VIT
MSN: 550-0197
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Minor
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Lugano Airport (LUG) (   Switzerland)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE/LFMN), France
Destination airport:Lugano Airport (LUG/LSZA), Switzerland
The Cessna 550 Citation II encountered wind shear during a LOC DME approach to runway 03 at Lugano Airport, Switzerland.
The aircraft touched down at Vref (108 kts) + 10 kts and bounced two times and touched down nose gear first.
During landing rollout the nose landing gear collapsed.

Probable Cause:

The accident was due to:
- A non-stabilized approach because of wind shear;
- Uncoordinated action in using "Reverse" and "Speedbrakes" after a relatively hard landing at excessive speed
- A lack of ATIS warning about wind shears.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: BFU Switzerlnd
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Accident number: Nr. 1481
Download report: Final report

Heavy landing
Runway mishap


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Distance from Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport to Lugano Airport as the crow flies is 291 km (182 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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