Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2+, N525EG: Fatal accident occurred November 30, 2018 in Memphis, Clark County, Indiana

Wayne Estopinal, Sandy Johnson and Andrew Davis

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Williams International; Pontiac, Michigan

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Memphis, IN
Accident Number: CEN19FA036
Date & Time: 11/30/2018, 1028 EST
Registration: N525EG
Aircraft: Cessna 525
Injuries: 3 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Business 

On November 30, 2018, about 1028 eastern standard time, a Cessna 525A (Citation) airplane, N525EG, collided with trees and terrain near Memphis, Indiana. The airline transport certificated pilot and 2 passengers were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was owned and operated by EstoAir LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The cross-country flight departed Clark Regional Airport (JVY), Jeffersonville, Indiana, about 1025, with Chicago Mid-way Airport (MDW), Chicago, Illinois, as the intended destination.

According to preliminary information from radar data and air traffic controllers, the airplane was climbing through 6,000 ft mean sea level when it began a left turn, descended, and disappeared from radar. The pilot had previously been given a frequency change, which was acknowledge, however the pilot never reported to the next controller and no distress message was heard on either frequency. An alert notice (ALNOT) was issued for the airplane.

According to local law enforcement, residents near the accident site heard an airplane flying low followed by a loud noise. The airplane wreckage was in slightly rugged, wooded area and the debris field was oriented on a heading of east. The first impact point was identified at the tops of several trees. A large divot was located beneath and to the east of the trees and then the airplane was found fragmented in numerous pieces. The right engine was measured almost 400 from the initial impact point. All major airplane components were accounted for at the accident site. There was evidence of a post-impact fire.

The wreckage was documented on-scene and recovered to a secure facility for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N525EG
Model/Series: 525 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Estoair Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSDF, 488 ft msl
Observation Time: 1056 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:  6 knots / , 50°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 700 ft agl
Visibility:  6 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Jeffersonville, IN (JVY)
Destination: Chicago, IL (MDW)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 38.475278, -85.811111 (est)

Andrew Dale Davis 


  1. Flying Magazine, Aug. 2019:
    After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June in the wake of an emergency airworthiness directive issued by the FAA and EASA this past spring, Tamarack Aerospace Group says it is again installing its Atlas active winglets on Cessna Citations.

    The move follows a decision by safety regulators in the U.S. and Europe to again allow jets with Tamarack active winglets to resume flying after a number of incidents prompted the grounding of those jets.

  2. Flight Global, Dec. 2020:
    UK investigators have detailed the terrifying moment the pilot of a Cessna Citation CJ1+ fought to control the aircraft after a Tamarack active winglet malfunctioned in flight and caused the jet to roll left at a bank angle of 75°.


    HOT uhhh lets seeee. pressurization pressurizing anti ice
    de ice systems are not required at this time.
    CAM [sound of click]
    HOT autopilot. [electronic voice]
    Cockpit Voice Recorder Factual Report
    Page 16
    Time and
    Intra-Aircraft Communication Time and
    Over-the-Air Communication
    HOT whooooaaaaah .
    GPWS bank angle [electronic voice].
    GPWS bank angle [electronic voice].
    GPWS bank angle [electronic voice].
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    HOT [pulsing beeping tone similar to overspeed warning
    alert, continues until end of recording].
    HOT #. #. #. [shouted]
    GPWS bank angle [electronic voice].
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  4. Not sure why pilots of Citations continue to fly these aircraft with the Atlas winglets still functioning. These are catastrophic accidents waiting to happen.

  5. Manufacture built a good aircraft why modify it?