Thursday, July 22, 2021

Cessna 560XL Citation Excel, N46CF: Accident occurred July 21, 2021 at Reading Regional Airport (KRDG), Berks County, Pennsylvania

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 did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown, Pennsylvania

PV Transport Inc

Location: Reading, PA
Accident Number: ERA21LA296
Date & Time: July 21, 2021, 16:00 Local
Registration: N46CF
Aircraft: Cessna 560XL 
Injuries: 6 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Executive/Corporate

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N46CF
Model/Series: 560XL 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRDG,353 ft msl 
Observation Time: 15:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 1800 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Coldwater, MI (OEB)
Destination: Reading, PA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Unknown
Passenger Injuries: 4 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 6 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 40.378499,-75.965247

A plane sustained unspecified damage after going off a runway at Reading Regional Airport in Bern Township and into soft material on the edge of the runway, according to preliminary information posted Thursday on the Federal Aviation Administration website.

The Cessna 560XL Citation Excel with nine people onboard, including two pilots, came to a stop in soft material, known as EMAS, engineered materials arresting system, on Wednesday afternoon at the southern end of the airport along Aviation Drive.

It remained there Thursday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and other investigators were scheduled to conduct an on-scene investigation.

Heavy construction equipment was operating in the area of the grounded aircraft Thursday afternoon.

According to the Aviation Safety Network, the plane departed from Coldwater-Branch County Memorial Airport in Michigan.

It was unclear if the plane's position on the runway was impacting air traffic at Reading Regional. Airport officials were unavailable.


  1. That’s a real Charlie Foxtrot.


  3. Dang, that pilot came in HOT and high- ADSB shows he was doing 178 knots over the numbers. Should have gone around, no way to bring that thing to a stop on that runway.