Friday, September 8, 2017

Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign, N378QS: Accident occurred September 03, 2017 at New Castle Airport (KILG), Wilmington, Delaware

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Location: Wilmington, DE
Accident Number: GAA17CA520
Date & Time: 09/03/2017, 1804 EDT
Registration: N378QS
Aircraft: CESSNA 680
Aircraft Damage: None
Defining Event: Ground handling event
Injuries: 1 Serious, 3 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91 Subpart K: Fractional

Analysis

The director of aviation safety for the operator reported that, after landing, while parked at the ramp, the pilot-in-command exited the flight deck to open the cabin door. He added that the pilot "found the lead passenger standing in front of the main cabin door waiting to exit the aircraft." He further added that "…[the pilot] was able to open the door from this position, but did not have room to exit the aircraft ahead of the passenger," and as the passenger started down the airplane's air stairs, her foot slipped, she landed on her knees, and she caught her balance by grabbing onto the hand rails.

A subsequent medical examination revealed that the passenger had broken her ankle.

The director of aviation safety reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The passenger's inadvertent slip on the airplane's air stairs during deplaning, which resulted in a broken ankle. 

Findings

Personnel issues
Miscellaneous - Passenger (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight
After landing
Ground handling event (Defining event) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 67, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s):  None
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present:  Yes
Instructor Rating(s):  None
Toxicology Performed:  No
Medical Certification:  Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:  03/22/2017
Occupational Pilot:  Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:  06/16/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 8180 hours (Total, all aircraft), 4275 hours (Total, this make and model), 6485 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 62 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 30 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Co-Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 41, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/06/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/17/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 6661 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3868 hours (Total, this make and model), 3420 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 107 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 55 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N378QS
Model/Series: 680 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Transport
Serial Number: 680-0103
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 8
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/21/2017, AAIP
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 30300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 2 Turbo Fan
Airframe Total Time: 9410.1 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: P&W CANADA
ELT: 
Engine Model/Series: PW-306C
Registered Owner: NETJETS SALES INC.
Rated Power: 5770 lbs
Operator: NETJETS AVIATION INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As: 
Operator Designator Code: DXTA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Visual Conditions: 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KILG, 80 ft msl
Observation Time: 2151 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 15°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 260°
Visibility (RVR): 
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: JOHNSTOWN, PA (JST)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Wilmington, DE (ILG)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 1800 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: NEW CASTLE (ILG)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 80 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:  
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  39.678611, -75.606667 (est)

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Registered Owner: NetJets Sales Inc
   
Operator: NetJets Aviation Inc

http://registry.faa.gov/N378QS

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA520
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 91 Subpart K: Fractional
Accident occurred Sunday, September 03, 2017 in Wilmington, DE
Aircraft: CESSNA 680, registration: N378QS
Injuries: 1 Serious, 3 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The director of aviation safety for the operator reported that after landing, while parked at the ramp, the pilot in command exited the flight deck to open the cabin door. He added that the pilot "found the lead passenger standing in front of the main cabin door waiting to exit the aircraft." He further added that, "he [the pilot] was able to open the door from this position, but did not have room to exit the aircraft ahead of the passenger," and as the passenger started down the airplane's air stairs, her foot slipped, she landed on her knees, and caught her balance by grabbing onto the handrails.

A subsequent medical examination revealed the passenger broke her ankle.

The director of aviation safety did not report that there were any preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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