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Last updated: 21 September 2021
Statuts:Enquête Préliminaire
Date:samedi 29 mai 2021
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic C501 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 501 Citation I/SP
Compagnie:JL&GL Productions LP
Immatriculation: N66BK
Numéro de série: 501-0254
Année de Fabrication: 1982
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-1B
Equipage:victimes: 1 / à bord: 1
Passagers:victimes: 6 / à bord: 6
Total:victimes: 7 / à bord: 7
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:près de Smyrna Airport, TN (MQY) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En montée initiale (ICL)
Aéroport de départ:Smyrna Airport, TN (MQY/KMQY), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Palm Beach-Palm Beach County Airport, FL (LNA/KLNA), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
A Cessna 501 Citation I/SP crashed into Percy Priest Lake, shortly after takeoff from Smyrna Airport, Tennessee (MQY).
The airplane departed at 10:53:06 and made a climbing right turn to the east and the pilot was instructed to contact Nashville departure control. At 10:54:27, when the airplane was about 3 miles north of the airport, a departure controller contacted the airplane and asked if they were "on frequency." The pilot responded with, "N66BK with you." The controller then instructed the pilot to turn right to a heading 130°; however, the pilot did not acknowledge. At 10:54:46, the controller asked the pilot if he "copied" the heading instruction. The pilot responded about 4 seconds later and said, "130...Bravo Kilo."
At 10:55:11, the controller instructed the pilot to climb and maintain 15,000 ft msl, but there was no response. The controller then made multiple attempts to re-establish communications with the airplane; however, there were no further communications.
A review of radar data revealed that after the pilot established contact with departure control the airplane made a series of heading changes along with several climbs and descents before it entered a steep, descending left turn. The last radar return, at 10:55:05, indicated the airplane was at an altitude of about 700 ft msl, descending about 31,000 ft-per-minute, on a heading of
A witness was fishing about 150 ft west of the Fate Sanders Recreation Area boat ramp located on Lake Percy Priest, about 2.7 miles northeast of MQY. He described the weather as a very low ceiling in mist. The witness saw the airplane impact the lake in a "straight down" nose first attitude. He did not see any evidence of fire or an explosion.

The aircraft took off from runway 32 at 10:53 and commenced a climbing right hand turn. After reaching 2900 feet the aircraft descended to about 1800 feet before climbing again to 3000 feet. The aircraft then began a rapid descent and impacted the water of Percy Priest Lake.

Weather at the time of the accident included a 1300 feet overcast.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: ERA21FA234
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METAR Weather report:
15:56 UTC / 10:56 local time:
KMQY 291556Z 31010KT 10SM OVC013 14/12 A3004 RMK AO2 SLP178 T01390117

16:03 UTC / 11:03 local time:
KMQY 291603Z 30011KT 10SM OVC013 14/12 A3004 RMK AO2


photo of Cessna-501-Citation-I-N66BK
photo of Cessna-501-Citation-I-N66BK
accident date: 29-05-2021
type: Cessna 501 Citation I
registration: N66BK

Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Smyrna Airport, TN et Palm Beach-Palm Beach County Airport, FL est de 1204 km (752 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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