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Cessna 560XL Citation Excel, N629QS: Incident occurred March 05, 2018 at Kelowna International Airport (YLW), British Columbia, Canada

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March 9, 2018
UPDATE: 12:47 p.m.

Since Castanet published a report on a Cessna 560XL Citation Excel safety issue at YLW earlier this week, we have since learned more about what is being called "a really dumb move on the pilot's behalf, that put lives at risk."

Airline fueling regulations require pilots to provide precise fuel specifications based on weight, type of aircraft, number of passengers and baggage, plus distance to be traveled. In this case, that formal request was provided and the prescribed amount of fuel was pumped into the Cessna 560XL Citation Excel.

Once fuelling was complete, the pilots determined they had made a mistake, but instead of de-fuelling, they chose a risky maneuver, much like a burnout in a muscle car, to burn off the excess fuel.

The subsequent overheating caused both tires to blow, and the fire was so hot the landing gear had to be completely replaced. There were seven passengers on board the plane who needed to be evacuated.

Each tire is worth up to $60,000, and the entire cost of the escapade could reach $300,000, sources say.

In addition, the Cessna 560XL Citation Excel sat on the taxiway for almost eight hours before it could be towed into a hangar for repairs.

The Cessna 560XL Citation Excel is still being worked on five days later.

ORIGINAL: 5 a.m.

An incident at Kelowna International Airport has been referred to the Transportation Safety Board after seven passengers had to be escorted off a private plane, Monday.

Castanet has learned the pilot may have been performing a high-risk maneuver to avoid having fuel removed from the Cessna 560XL Citation Excel.

An airport employee tells Castanet the U.S.-owned Cessna 560XL Citation Excel fuel tanks were filled past the safety cutoff, and instead of calling crews back and emptying the tanks to the prescribed safety level, the pilot revved the engines and applied the brakes as the plane was taxiing to burn off the excess fuel.

The end result was two flat tires, overheated brakes and seven passengers evacuated from the plane as a safety precaution.

YLW airport manager Sam Sammadar said: "This is a rare occurrence, but we do have incidents like this one from time to time – but we do have a safety management system, and it's robust. We always investigate the cause of these kinds of incidents and look at how they can be mitigated in the future."

Sammadar says the TSB has been notified.

Eric Collard with TSB in Gatineau, Que., says staff are looking into the incident, but have not launched a full investigation at this point.

"We are aware of the occurrence and we are gathering information, but it's too early to tell if we're going to be doing a full investigation," he said.

At this point, Collard says this is what they know: "A privately operated, foreign, U.S.-registered Cessna Citation was taxiing for departure. The main brakes were dragging, the brakes overheated and began to smoke, two tires went flat and the local response team responded."

Collard indicated the public can anonymously volunteer information through the TSB website in regards to transportation safety issues.

Original article can be found here ➤


March 05, 2018
UPDATE 2:05 p.m.

A group of passengers are thanking their lucky stars this afternoon after their quick thinking pilot alerted firefighters about his brakes overheating.

The privately owned Cessna 560XL Citation Excel was preparing for take-off when the pilot noticed his brakes were overheating.

A quick check with the tower and the flight was cancelled. Seven passengers had to be escorted off the plane.

Crews could be seen working on the plane as of 2 o'clock this afternoon.

ORIGINAL 12:43 p.m.

Passengers were taken off a private plane at Kelowna International Airport this morning after the pilot reported brake issues.

An airport issued statement reported that the incident happened around 10:40 a.m. and involved a privately owned Cessna 560XL Citation Excel.

The pilot advised the air traffic control tower of an issue with overheating brakes, while taxiing to the runway.

"Kelowna International Airport’s Aircraft Rescue Firefighting team was dispatched to assist the aircraft and cool the brakes."

Passengers were deplaned and the aircraft will be towed to the hangar for inspection.

There was no disruption to scheduled flight service at YLW.

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. Each tire is worth up to $60,000? I don't think so.

  2. This story, the facts and the reporting, are both so WRONG as to be laughable, if it weren't so serious. This was not a "risky maneuver". It was a crews dumb A??ed, unapproved, totally wrong action, trying to fix something that was their fault in the first place. Crews should always be on site when planes are fueled to monitor the process and have time to correct any errors. Has the crew ever heard of what's called brake energy levels that have to be calculated for their aircraft weight? I could go on and on, but I running out of space. Hope the cost of repairs comes out of their pockets!!

  3. I believe it's called the human factor ... People make mistakes.

  4. This was not a mistake ! It was a deliberate attempt t cover up an earlier mistake ( miscalculation of fuel load causing an overweight condition for legal take-off ) . The pilots should have used common sense & admit the mistake & correct it . A clear case of poor crew decision making . A bit costly & embarrassing . Luckily not a worse outcome .

  5. Filled past the safety cut off, 🤪😩😩, this reporter was making this stuff up. Obviously knows zero about what is being reported on

  6. Perhaps the passengers showed up with extra luggage? Perhaps an extra pax showed up. Perhaps the weather changed which changed the runway requirement. Happens all the time. There are many reasons the plane could have been over weight, not just pilot error. Now what they did to burn off fuel was not too smart.

  7. Kathryn,
    Your report on the aircraft in Kelowna is so ridiculously ignorant of any aviation knowledge. Please stop trying to make any judgements on such matters. You are only making any of your followers dumber.

  8. K - This post must have hit a nerve.

  9. Seriously, WTF is wrong with you dude? It's clear Castamet Media was following up an interesting event unfolding at YLW. This coverage brought them 48,109 unique visitors ... just this story alone. Castamet Media strives to achieve the highest ethical standards in all that they do. Amen, Brothers and Sisters.