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Last updated: 23 April 2019
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Friday 24 March 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic C500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 500 Citation I Sierra Eagle
Operator:Shelter Charter Services
Registration: N8DX
C/n / msn: 500-0303
First flight: 1976
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-1
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Marietta, GA (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Cincinnati Municipal Airport, OH (LUK/KLUK), United States of America
Destination airport:Atlanta-Fulton County Airport, GA (FTY/KFTY), United States of America
A Cessna 500, N8DX, collided with terrain in a residential neighborhood near Marietta, Georgia, USA. The private pilot, and sole
occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed by the impact and post-impact fire.
The flight originated from Cincinnati Airport, Ohio, about 18:12 hours local time, and was destined for Atlanta-Fulton County Airport, Georgia. The flight then climbed to the cruising altitude of FL230.
While in contact with the Atlanta Air Route Traffic Control Center, the pilot requested a radar vector direct to Fulton County Airport. He stated that the reason for the request was because his autopilot was not working and he was having steering problems.
A witness, who was a professional pilot, stated that he observed the airplane flying level on a southerly heading about a 1,000 ft below the cloud layer near Marietta, Georgia. The witness said there was nothing unusual about the airplane until it made a complete 360 roll to the left before entering a steep 90 bank to the left. The witness said the airplane then rolled inverted and entered a vertical nose down dive.
The airplane impacted the front yard of a home in a residential neighborhood in a nose level/wings level attitude.

The aircraft was a Sierra Eagle wing conversion of a Cessna 500 Citation I. This performance upgrade also allows single pilot operations.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: ERA17FA135

Loss of control

» 11alive

METAR Weather report:
22:53 UTC / 18:53 local time:
KFTY 242253Z 16009KT 10SM SCT060 23/08 A3027 RMK AO2 SLP246 T02280083
Weather at Fulton County Airport: wind 160 at 9 knots; scattered clouds at 6000 feet; Tempeture 23C, Dew point: 8C

23:47 UTC / 19:47 local time:
KRYY 242347Z 16008KT 10SM OVC055 21/09 A3028
Weather at Cobb Country Airport: wind 160 at 8 knots; overcast at 5500 feet; Tempeture 21C, Dew point: 9C

23:53 UTC / 19:53 local time:
KFTY 242353Z 17006KT 10SM OVC060 22/09 A3028 RMK AO2 SLP250 T02220089 10233 20211 55006
Weather at Fulton County Airport: wind 170 at 6 knots; overcast at 6000 feet; Tempeture 22C, Dew point: 9C


photo of Cessna-500-Citation-I-N8DX
flight profile
photo of Cessna-500-Citation-I-Sierra-Eagle-N8DX
accident date: 24-03-2017
type: Cessna 500 Citation I Sierra Eagle
registration: N8DX

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Cincinnati Municipal Airport, OH to Atlanta-Fulton County Airport, GA as the crow flies is 588 km (368 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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