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Last updated: 16 January 2021
Status:- (No safety board investigation)
Date:Friday 12 September 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic C500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 500 Citation I
Operator:Plaisir en Vol
Registration: N18FM
C/n / msn: 500-0014
First flight: 1971
Total airframe hrs:11000
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-1
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Athens Municipal Airport, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
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Narrative:
The Cessna Citation I was purchased for $190,000 in March 2014 and then insured it for $440,000. The aircraft was flown to Athens Municipal Airport, Texas on August 30, 2014.
On September 12 the aircraft was set afire. The fuselage burnt out, except for the tail, before firefighters were able to contain the fire.
It later appeared that the owner had arranged for the aircraft to be set afire in order to profit off insurance companies. He had previously (2012) ditched a Beech Baron following an alleged cabin fire. This also turned out to have been an insurance scam.

Classification:
Hangar / ground fire
Damaged on the ground

Sources:
» Galveston County men accused of destroying airplanes, defrauding insurance companies (galvnews.com, 13 Dec. 2017)
» kwsalvage.com


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