Monday, February 15, 2010

Two pilots perish in Cessna Citation crash in Germany

by B. N. Sullivan

On the evening of February 14, 2010, a Cessna 550B Citation Bravo (registration OK-ACH) crashed in Germany, not far from the Czech border. The aircraft was destroyed; the two pilots, who are believed to have been the only people on board, were killed.

The aircraft, operating as Time Air Flight TIE039C, was en route to Karlstad, Sweden (KSD/ESOK) from Prague (PRG/LKPR), and had just entered German airspace at the time of the accident. According to a preliminary accident description on the Aviation Safety Network, a German air traffic control spokesman reported that the flight was given clearance to climb from FL260 to FL330. The pilot never replied, and the plane then disappeared from radar screens at about 8:20 PM local time.

News reports say that wreckage from the accident aircraft was found in an area of mountainous terrain in Saxony, southeast of Dresden, Germany. quoted German officials who said they a body, believed to be that of one of the pilots, was discovered at the crash site. Also found were identification papers for two men, one a Czech, the other a Slovak, although authorities were not certain that the papers belonged to the pilots.

Condolences to the families and friends of the two pilots who lost their lives.