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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Monday 18 January 2016
Time:10:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C525 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 525 CitationJet
Operator:Donald L. Baker
Registration: N711BX
C/n / msn: 525-0299
First flight: 1999
Engines: 2 Williams International FJ44-1A
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:S of Cedar Fort, UT (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Salt Lake City International Airport, UT (SLC/KSLC), United States of America
Destination airport:Tucson International Airport, AZ (TUS/KTUS), United States of America
Narrative:
A Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1 was destroyed following an airframe in-flight breakup and impact with a snow covered field near Cedar Fort, Utah. Both occupants died in the accident.
The flight took off from runway 17 at 09:51 hours local time. Initial air traffic control data indicated that shortly after takeoff and while proceeding southbound, the pilot reported that he had experienced a Flight Management System (FMS) failure, and that he needed to fly straight and climb while he tried to program the backup FMS. The controller then instructed the pilot to climb to flight level 310, as well as provided the pilot with vectors around light precipitation. Clearance was later changed to FL180. After reaching the cleared altitude of FL180, at 09:57, the pilot made a Mayday call: "Mayday, I do need to get up higher 711 Bravo X-Ray, I am losing different instruments, I'd really like to get into clear weather." He was then cleared to climb to FL230. A minute later the Departure controller radioed that he had N711BX at FL202 and queried whether the pilot would like to continue to Tucson. The pilot replied: "That is affirmative."
At this time the controller issued the pilot a no-gyro turn to the left to avoid precipitation, after which the airplane's airspeed was observed to fluctuate significantly. The airplane was then observed turning to the right before the radar target was lost. There were no further transmissions from the accident airplane.
The airplane's wreckage was located in open, flat pasture ground, about 1 nautical mile southwest of Cedar Fort, Utah, and about 28 nm south-southwest of SLC. A survey of the accident site revealed that the linear debris path of wreckage extended for about 1 nm on a west to east orientation. All of the airplane's primary flight controls were accounted for at the accident site. At the time of recovery, the airplane's left engine had not been located, however, search efforts remain in progress.

Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:
» NTSB
» FOX 13
» LiveATC

METAR Weather report:
09:53 UTC / 16:53 local time:
KSLC 181653Z 13004KT 10SM -RA FEW030 BKN046 OVC060 03/01 A3009 RMK AO2 RAE01B51 SLP191 P0000 T00330006

10:53 UTC / 17:53 local time:
KSLC 181753Z 17005KT 10SM FEW030 BKN044 OVC065 04/01 A3008 RMK AO2 RAE44 SLP186 P0000 60006 T00440011 10044 20022 50002


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ATC audio of the Salt Lake City Departure frequency from about 09:52 - 10:00 hours local time

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Distance from Salt Lake City International Airport, UT to Tucson International Airport, AZ as the crow flies is 962 km (601 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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