ASN Aircraft accident Cessna 550 Citation Bravo N544PS Moline-Quad-City Airport, IL (MLI)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 22 November 2011
Type:Silhouette image of generic C550 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 550 Citation Bravo
Operator:Pws Air Llc
Registration: N544PS
MSN: 550-0847
First flight: 1998
Total airframe hrs:7292
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Moline-Quad-City Airport, IL (MLI) (   United States of America)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Departure airport:Teterboro Airport, NJ (TEB/KTEB), United States of America
Destination airport:Moline-Quad-City Airport, IL (MLI/KMLI), United States of America
After landing at night, the pilot was taxiing the airplane on a ramp with the airplane's taxi lights illuminated and was paying attention to the ramp marshaller. The pilot originally thought the marshaller would have him park in the position directly next to the fixed base operator; however, the marshaller had the pilot execute a left 180-degree turn and park with the cabin door facing the door of the building. While watching the marshaller outside the right cockpit window, the pilot lost sight of a parked, unoccupied airplane. The pilot then noticed the parked airplane and attempted to stop; however, the airplane's left wing contacted the parked airplane's forward fuselage and nose landing gear. A postaccident examination of the accident airplane showed that the left wing was crushed and bent. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical anomalies with the airplane prior to the contact with the parked airplane.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from the parked, unoccupied airplane while taxiing. Contributing to the accident was the guidance provided by the marshaller.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 57 days (2 months)
Accident number: final report
Download report: Summary report


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Distance from Teterboro Airport, NJ to Moline-Quad-City Airport, IL as the crow flies is 1367 km (854 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from 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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