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Accident description
Last updated: 24 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 4 January 2009
Time:02:09
Type:Silhouette image of generic C550 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 550 Citation II
Operating for:Caribair, S.A.
Leased from:JODA LLC
Registration: N815MA
C/n / msn: 550-0406
First flight: 1982
Total airframe hrs:11123
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-4
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Wilmington-New Hanover County International Airport, NC (ILM) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Higuero/La Isabela-Dr. Joaquín Balaguer Airport (JBQ/MDJB), Dominican Republic
Destination airport:Wilmington-New Hanover County International Airport, NC (ILM/KILM), United States of America
Narrative:
Cessna 550, N815MA departed the La Isabela Airport (JBQ), Dominican Republic, on January 3, 2009, about 23:00 on an IFR flight to Wilmington, NC (ILM).
The crew attempted three ILS approaches to runway 24 at Wilmington, however due to the fog at the airport they were unable to see the runway environment. On the third missed approach the No. 1 engine shut down and the pilots requested a vector from air traffic control for another approach. The pilot stated to ATC that they were low on fuel. While being vectored for the fourth approach, the No. 2 engine shut down and the pilots requested an immediate turn to the airport; they were able to locate the center of the airport on their GPS and "aimed the airplane at the intersection of the runways." Approximately 50 feet above ground level the pilots saw a row of lights, paralleled the lights, landed gear up on the departure end of runway 6, overran the runway, and impacted several light stands for runway 24, coming to rest 2,242 feet past the point of the initial touchdown.
The airplane received skin damage to the underside of the fuselage and several puncture holes into the pressure vessel.
The 0153 weather observation at KILM, reported winds from 020 degrees at 3 knots, a broken cloud layer at 100 feet agl, an overcast cloud layer at 500 feet agl, 1/2 mile visibility, temperature 11 degrees Celsius (C), dew point 10 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 30.14 inches of mercury.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A loss of engine power due to the crew's inadequate in-flight fuel monitoring."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 12 months
Accident number: ERA09LA130
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Fuel starvation
Runway excursion

Sources:
» NTSB id. ERA09LA130
» FAA
» No injuries as small plane touches down in Wilmington without landing gear (Wilmington Star-News Online, 4-1-2009)


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Distance from Higuero/La Isabela-Dr. Joaquín Balaguer Airport to Wilmington-New Hanover County International Airport, NC as the crow flies is 1902 km (1189 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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