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Last updated: 15 July 2020
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Thursday 20 December 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic C560 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 560 Citation V
Operator:Chen Aircrafts LLC
Registration: N188CW
C/n / msn: 560-0148
First flight: 1991
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 km (1.3 mls) NE of Atlanta-Fulton County Airport, GA (FTY) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Atlanta-Fulton County Airport, GA (FTY/KFTY), United States of America
Destination airport:Millington-Memphis Airport, TN (NQA/KNQA), United States of America
A Cessna 560 Citation V corporate jet, N188CW, impacted English Park, Atlanta, Georgia shortly after takeoff from Fulton County Airport-Brown Field (KFTY). The airplane was destroyed during the accident sequence and a post-impact fire and the four occupants onboard received fatal injuries.
An NTSB review of preliminary radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that after departing from runway 8, the airplane turned left toward the north climbing to about 3,225 ft msl (2,385 ft agl), then made a descending right 180-degree right turn to the south before radar contact was lost at an altitude of about 1,175 feet msl (335 ft agl).
A video obtained from a security camera positioned on top of a building, located about a half mile from the accident site, captured the airplane in a descending left turn prior to rolling inverted until it was lost from view behind a tree line.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: ERA19FA071

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METAR Weather report:
16:53 UTC / 11:53 local time:
KFTY 201653Z 06010KT 4SM -RA BR BKN008 OVC014 08/08 A2957 RMK AO2 PRESFR SLP012 P0013 T00830083

17:16 UTC / 12:16 local time:
KFTY 201716Z 05010KT 7SM -RA OVC006 08/08 A2952 RMK AO2 PRESFR P0002 T00830083


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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 Atlanta-Fulton County Airport, GA to Millington-Memphis Airport, TN as the crow flies is 517 km (323 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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