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Date:Monday 27 February 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic C550 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna S550 Citation S/II
Operator:NYNEX Corp
Registration: N29X
MSN: S550-0096
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:703
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-4B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Poughkeepsie, NY (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:White Plains-Westchester County Airport, NY (HPN/KHPN), United States of America
Destination airport:Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Airport, NY (POU/KPOU), United States of America
Landed long and bounced following a high approach. No response noted upon brake and thrust reverser selection. A go around was attempted, but the engines did not respond. The Citation settled beyond the runway and crashed on rough terrain.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's improper use of the powerplant controls, which resulted in actuation (tripping) of the reverse load limiters on the thrust reversers and subsequent reduction of available power in both engines. Factors related to the accident were: the pilot's misjudgement of distance, excessive airspeed, and improper flare during the landing."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 7 months
Accident number: NYC89FA092
Download report: Summary report
Language: English



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Distance from White Plains-Westchester County Airport, NY to Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Airport, NY as the crow flies is 64 km (40 miles).

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