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Last updated: 19 October 2021
Date:Tuesday 21 December 1999
Type:Silhouette image of generic C551 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 551 Citation II/SP
Operator:Valley Projects Inc.
Registration: N1218S
MSN: 551-0428
First flight: 1982
Total airframe hrs:3741
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-4
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ca 4 km SE of Crisp County-Cordele Airport, GA (CKF) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (DFW/KDFW), United States of America
Destination airport:Crisp County-Cordele Airport, GA (CKF), United States of America
Collided with trees and subsequently the ground following a missed approach to runway 10. The flight originated from Dallas.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to follow the published missed approach procedures, and to maintain proper altitude. Factors contributing to the severity of the accident were the low ceilings and trees."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 6 months
Accident number: ATL00FA017
Download report: Summary report

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground



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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX to Crisp County-Cordele Airport, GA as the crow flies is 1240 km (775 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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