Event Details

Title:Loss of altitude and crash following takeoff, Final Report by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau concerning the accident to the aircraft Cessna CE 560 Citation V, HB-VLV operated by Eagle Air Ltd. Aircharter + Taxi on 20 December 2001 at Zurich-K
Micro summary:Following takeoff, this Citation V lost altitude, and crashed.
Event Time:2001-12-20 at 2107 UTC
File Name:2001-12-20-CH.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB)
Publishing Country:Switzerland
Report number:1829
Site of event:Near runway 14, Zurich Kloten
Latitude/Longitude:N 47° 28’ 24’’ E 008° 32’ 28’’
Departure:Zurich International Airport (Kloten Airport), Kloten, Switzerland
Destination:Bern Airport (Berne-Belp), Berne, Switzerland
Airplane Type(s):Cessna CE 560 Citation V
Flight Phase:Takeoff
Operator(s):Eagle Air
Type of flight:Ferry
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:The accident is attributable to the fact that the crew of HB-VLV did not continue their climb after take-off. As a result the aircraft came in a descent and collided with the terrain.

The investigation determined the following causal factor for the accident:

• With a high degree of probability the crew lost spatial orientation after take-off, leading to an unintentional loss of altitude.

The following factors contributed to the accident:

• The copilot’s basic training in instrument flying did not include night instrument take-offs.

• The crew’s method of working was adversely affected by great time pressure.

• Executing the take-off as a rolling take-off was not adapted to the prevailing meteorological conditions.

• There was no system in the aircraft which triggers an alarm in the event of a loss of altitude after take-off (GPWS).

• The instrumentation on the copilot’s side of the aircraft involved in the accident was not optimal.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Airspace - GPWS
Operations - Uncontrolled Flight into Terrain
Other - Regulatory Oversight
Other - Workplace Culture or Management
Consequence - Hull Loss


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