Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Birdstrike: Cessna 525 CitationJet, N262BK; accident occurred July 12, 2019 at Orlando Executive Airport (KORL), Orange County, Florida

View of left wing damage.

 View of left wing spar damage.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

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

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


Location: Orlando, FL
Accident Number: GAA19CA467
Date & Time: 07/12/2019, 1455 EDT
Registration: N262BK
Aircraft: Cessna 525
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Birdstrike
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, while being vectored for an instrument landing system approach on an instrument flight plan, he flew through some clouds and encountered multiple birds. He added that one bird struck the left wing.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 61, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/05/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/24/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 17535 hours (Total, all aircraft), 4375 hours (Total, this make and model), 17230 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 72 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 24 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N262BK
Model/Series: 525 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1998
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 525-0262
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 8
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/26/2019, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 10400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Turbo Fan
Airframe Total Time: 4811.9 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Williams
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: FJ44IA
Registered Owner: Omicron Business Services Inc
Rated Power: 1900 lbs
Operator: Omicron Business Services Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KORL, 112 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 212°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3200 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots / 15 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 170°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 23°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Asheville, NC (AVL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Orlando, FL (ORL)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time:1320 EDT 
Type of Airspace: Class B

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 112 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 25
IFR Approach: ILS
Runway Length/Width: 6004 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 28.546111, -81.332222 (est)


  1. That was a big bird. Probably a Canadian goose. Those things are dangers to anything flying. As migratory birds that have adapted to living year round in Southern habitats, they should be removed from the protected species act. They are WAY overpopulated. Anyone who works in office parks or lives in housing developments with ponds nearby knows how not only annoying they are but also how aggressive they can be to humans. Time to cull their herd.

    1. Pilots report said the birds were circling, so those probably were turkey vultures, which are plentiful in central Florida. Geese would fly a mission direct profile to a local park where they would solicit free bread and terrorize small children on shore, no interest in soaring.