Friday, April 20, 2012

Cessna 750 Citation X, Asia Today Ltd, N288CX: Accident occurred March 01, 2012 in Egelsbach, Germany

NTSB Identification: DCA12RA047
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Thursday, March 01, 2012 in Egelsbach, Germany
Aircraft: CESSNA 750, registration: N288CX
Injuries: 5 Fatal.
On March 1, 2012, about 1856 local time (1756 UTC), a Cessna 750 Citation X, N288CX, registered to Cessna Finance Corp, and operated by Asia Today Ltd, crashed in a wooded area while approaching to land, about 2.5 miles east of runway 27 at Frankfurt-Egelsbach Airport, Egelsbach, Germany. The airline transport-rated pilot and copilot as well as all three passengers received fatal injuries, and the airplane was destroyed. The flight had departed from Linz, Austria.

This accident investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Germany. The NTSB has designated a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the investigation as the state of manufacture.

Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU)
Hermann-Blenk-Str. 16
D-38108 Braunschweig
Telephone: +49 531 3548 - 0
Facsimile: +49 531 3548 – 246

This report is for informational purposes only, and contains only information obtained for or released by the Government of Germany.

German entrepreneur Rainer Schulz was an old hand at setting up fast-fashion stores across Europe under such nameplates as Forever 18 and Colloseum.

Three years ago, the veteran retailer ventured across the ocean to expand his clothing-store empire to Southern California. In October 2010, he opened his first My Fashion Club store at the Westfield Topanga shopping center in Canoga Park, Calif. Three more California stores—in Glendale, Northridge and Bakersfield—followed.

But all four stores are closing after Schulz, 52, died when the Cessna 750 Citation X corporate jet he was piloting crashed on March 1 in Egelsbach, Germany, south of Frankfurt. He was en route from Linz, Austria. Four other people died in the crash, including Susanne Jaschke, who was in charge of the retailer’s European expansion.

The future of the company’s U.S. operations remains cloudy. In the German trade publication TextilWirtschaft (Textile Economy), an article published March 8 noted that Schulz’s wife, Silke Schulz, had been named managing director.

Calls to Silke Schulz, who, with her husband, bought a house in Malibu, Calif., a few years ago, went unanswered, as did calls to the company’s Los Angeles office.

Apparel-industry insiders noted that Silke Schulz has been busy taking care of her 2-year-old son and prematurely born triplets she had a few months ago. One remains in neonatal intensive care in the Las Vegas hospital where they were born.

But the store managers at the various mall-centric outlets that cater to the 16- to 35-year-old customer said they were informed they are shuttering their doors because of Schulz’s death.

“We are going out of business,” said Marlene Marquez, the manager of the Topanga store, which closed on April 15. She and her colleagues were packing up merchandise to send to a warehouse. “We’re sad.”