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Last updated: 31 March 2020
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Sunday 15 April 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic C525 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 525 CitationJet
Registration: N525P
C/n / msn: 525-0165
First flight: 1996
Total airframe hrs:3311
Engines: 2 Williams International FJ44-1A
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:NW of Crozet, VA (   United States of America)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Departure airport:Richmond-Chesterfield County Airport, VA (KFCI), United States of America
Destination airport:Staunton-Shenandoah Valley Airport, VA (SHD/KSHD), United States of America
The Cessna 525, N525P, was destroyed after it impacted mountainous terrain in Albemarle County, northwest of Crozet, Virginia, USA. A fire ensued. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, died in the crash.
Night instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and there was no flight plan filed for the flight, which departed Richmond Chesterfield County Airport, Virginia, around 20:35. It reached a maximum altitude of about 11,500 ft mean sea level (msl). The airplane began to descend, and at 20:44, the airplane leveled off around 4,300 ft and remained at that altitude until 20:53 when it began a descending left turn until radar contact was lost at 20:54.
The airplane impacted three 40 ft trees about 15 ft prior to impacting terrain at an elevation of 1,520 ft msl.

It was established that the pilot blood alcohol concentraction double that of the legal limit.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: ERA18FA127
Download report: Preliminary report

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Distance from Richmond-Chesterfield County Airport, VA to Staunton-Shenandoah Valley Airport, VA as the crow flies is 153 km (95 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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