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Date:Monday 1 August 1994
Type:Silhouette image of generic C500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 500 Citation I
Operator:SANTOM Ltd.
Registration: VR-BLV
MSN: 500-0344
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:5235
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Minor
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Grenchen Airport (ZHI) (   Switzerland)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Alghero-Fertilia Airport (AHO/LIEA), Italy
Destination airport:Grenchen Airport (ZHI/LSZG), Switzerland
The Cessna 500 Citation I aircraft suffered a runway excursion after landing on runway 07 at Grenchen Airport. The landing gear and the fuselage were damaged.

Probable Cause:

The accident is attributable to:
- Unwanted forward thrust of the left engine after touchdown, caused by a malfunction of the reversers;
- aquaplaning as a result of water puddles.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BFU Switzerlnd
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Accident number: Nr. 1588
Download report: Final report

Runway excursion


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Distance from Alghero-Fertilia Airport to Grenchen Airport as the crow flies is 727 km (454 miles).

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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Global Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Excursions (GAPPRE): recommendations and guidance material to prevent runway excursions

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