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Last updated: 26 February 2020
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Thursday 23 January 2020
Type:Silhouette image of generic C550 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna S550 Citation S/II
Operator:South African Civil Aviation Authority
Registration: ZS-CAR
C/n / msn: S550-0078
First flight: 1986
Total airframe hrs:10106
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-4B
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) NW of Friemersheim (   South Africa)
Crash site elevation: 668 m (2192 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:George Airport (GRJ/FAGG), South Africa
Destination airport:George Airport (GRJ/FAGG), South Africa
A Cessna S550 Citation S/II of the South African Civil Aviation Authority crashed into Outeniqua Mountains, Ruiterbos area, between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn. The three occupants were killed and the aircraft was destroyed.
The Citation departed George Airport at 10:40 hours local time on a flight calibration mission of navigational aids of the same airport. Last contact with the flight was about ten minutes after takeoff.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: CA18/2/3/9855
Download report: Preliminary report

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METAR Weather report:
08:00 UTC / 10:00 local time:
FAGG 230800Z 11012KT 070V130 9999 FEW008 SCT011 BKN023 18/16 Q1018

10:00 UTC / 12:00 local time:
FAGG 231000Z 11015KT 9999 FEW010 SCT015 BKN030 19 /// Q1018


photo of Cessna-S550-Citation-S-II-ZS-CAR
accident date: 23-01-2020
type: Cessna S550 Citation S/II
registration: ZS-CAR


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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