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Last updated: 16 October 2021
Date:Friday 24 July 1998
Time:22:15 MDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 500 Citation I
Operator:Skyward Aviation
Registration: C-FSKC
MSN: 500-0018
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:11163
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-1
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:Rawlins Airport, WY (RWL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Rawlins Airport, WY (RWL/KRWL), United States of America
Destination airport:Santa Ana-John Wayne International Airport, CA (SNA/KSNA), United States of America
A Cessna 500 Citation I was destroyed when it collided with terrain during an aborted takeoff at Rawlins, Wyoming. Both pilots sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an IFR flight plan had been filed for the nonscheduled international cargo flight to Santa Ana-John Wayne International Airport, California.
The airplane was loaded with 800 pounds of electronic equipment and 324.8 gallons of Jet-A fuel. Takeoff was made on runway 22. The required takeoff distance was calculated to be 6,530 feet. Runway 22 is 7,008 feet long. The airport is situated at an elevation of 6,813 feet msl with a computed density altitude of 8,187 feet msl.
The captain said that during the takeoff roll, the airplane felt "sluggish" which he attributed to the high density altitude. At V1/Vr, the airplane was rotated for liftoff. It climbed about 10 feet, "shuddered," and began to sink. The captain elected to abort the takeoff. He landed the airplane on the runway, applied brakes and deployed the drag chute at a speed estimated to be between 110 and 115 KIAS (knots indicated airspeed). The shute then separated.
The airplane went off the runway at an estimated speed of 80 to 90 KIAS, down a hill, through a fence, across a road and a grassy area, across another road and through a chain link fence. The airplane then collided with a power pole and came to rest in close proximity to three parked vehicles. The airplane then caught fire. Because of their close proximity to the airplane, the three parked vehicles were also destroyed by the fire. Both crewmen exited the airplane.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain's use of improper airplane performance data, resulting in inadequate takeoff capability. Factors were his decision to abort the takeoff above V1, the separation of the drag chute, a wet runway, a tailwind, and collision with objects that included two fences and a power pole. "

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 7 months
Accident number: FTW98LA334
Download report: Final report

Rejected takeoff
Runway excursion



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Distance from Rawlins Airport, WY to Santa Ana-John Wayne International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 1292 km (807 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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