Published on September 26th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer0
Cessna Citation Accident at Cork
The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) have released their final report into an accident involving Cessna 750 Citation X+, N752TX, at Cork Airport on 22nd July 2018. The Citation with two flight crew members and six passengers on board, taxied from Stand 16, lined up on Runway 16 and began the take-off roll. The Pilot-In-Command aborted the take-off at a groundspeed of 67 knots due to a significant vibration from the nose wheel. The aircraft stopped on the runway and the passengers and crew disembarked, uninjured. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. There was no fire.
Several components were recovered along the runway. Amongst these was the nose gear leg Torque Link Release Pin, which is used to connect the upper and lower torque links on the nose gear leg. A pin which forms part of the internal retention mechanism of the Torque Link Release Pin was found in a separate location on RWY 16. There was no evidence of pre-existing mechanical damage. The safety pin that would normally be attached by a lanyard to the upper torque link was not recovered. However, the lanyard was found, still intact, and attached to the upper torque link.
The probable cause identified as “Pre-flight checks of the aircraft exterior did not identify that the torque link assembly was disconnected.” The report makes one safety recommendation.
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