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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Date:Sunday 3 August 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic C550 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 550 Citation II
Operator:Drug Plastics & Glass Company Inc
Registration: N827DP
MSN: 550-0660
First flight: 1990
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-4
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Reading Municipal Airport/Spaatz Field, PA (RDG) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Pottstown/Limerick Airport, PA (PTW), United States of America
Destination airport:Reading Municipal Airport/Spaatz Field, PA (RDG/KRDG), United States of America
A Cessna 550, N827DP, was substantially damaged when it impacted an agricultural tractor during a landing roll at Reading Regional Airport/Carl A. Spatz Field (RDG). The captain, first officer, and tractor operator were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the flight from Pottstown Limerick Airport (PTW), to Reading.
At 15:15, the airplane was cleared to land on runway 31, and at 15:17, the tractor operator contacted the tower on the ground control frequency in order to proceed from the "terminal ramp" to the "north ramp." The controller then cleared the tractor to cross runway 31 at taxiway D. At 15:19, the crew of the airplane informed the controller that the airplane had struck the front of a tractor at the intersection of runway 31 and taxiway D. Approximately two thirds of the airplane's left wing had broken off.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The air traffic controllerís failure to properly monitor the runway environment. Contributing to the accident was the tractor operatorís failure to scan the active runway prior to crossing, and the Federal Aviation Administrationís inadequate emphasis on vehicle operator visual vigilance when crossing active runways with air traffic control clearance."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 9 months
Accident number: NYC08FA265
Download report: Summary report

Collision with vehicle
Runway mishap



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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkís 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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