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Date:Thursday 2 September 2021
Type:Silhouette image of generic C56X model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 560 Citation XLS+
Operator:Brook Haven Properties LLC
Registration: N560AR
MSN: 560-6026
First flight: 2009
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW545
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:0,4 km (0.3 mls) N of Plainville-Robertson Airport, CT (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Plainville-Robertson Airport, CT, United States of America
Destination airport:Manteo-Dare County Regional Airport, NC (MEO/KMQI), United States of America
A Cessna 560XL, registration N560AR, was destroyed when it impacted a commercial structure in Farmington, Connecticut.
All four on board have died.
According to preliminary data recovered from the airplane’s flight data recorder (FDR), both thrust levers were set at 66°, and both engines remained at 91% N1 throughout the takeoff roll from runway 02, a 3665-ft-long runway.
Tire skid marks from the right main landing gear tire were found, beginning about 2360 ft from the approach end of the runway. Left main landing gear tire skid marks were noted beginning about 2480 ft from the approach end of the runway.
While at an airspeed of about 100 knots, the pilot attempted to raise the nose of the aircraft, but pitch of the airplane minimally changed to about +1°. The weight-on-wheels (WOW) indication remained in an on-ground state until beyond the departure end of the runway where the terrain began sloping downward. After departing the runway at an indicated airspeed of about 120 knots, the airplane’s pitch rapidly increased to about +22°and the stick shaker activated. The aircraft lifted off briefly and impacted a powerline pole, which caused a small explosion near the right engine. The airplane then began to oscillate about its pitch and roll axis and the airplane subsequently impacted a building.

An investigation of the wreckage showed that the parking brake handle in the cockpit, and the respective valve that it controlled, were both found in the brake set position.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: ERA21FA346
Language: English

Brake problem
Runway excursion



photo of Cessna-560-Citation-XLS-LX-FGB
accident date: 02-09-2021
type: Cessna 560 Citation XLS+
registration: LX-FGB

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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 Plainville-Robertson Airport, CT to Manteo-Dare County Regional Airport, NC as the crow flies is 682 km (426 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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