Cessna 750 Citation X Crash Near Frankfurt Leaves Five Dead

Investigation Launched Following Fatal Air Accident

05.03.2012

Five people died after the twin-engine Cessna 750 Citation X they were travelling in came down near Frankfurt on Friday (March 2nd).

Reports have revealed that the pilot, co-pilot and three passengers were on board the aircraft as it came down in a forest while trying to land at Egelsbach airstrip. It is thought that the plane was travelling from Linz in Austria when the incident happened.

Officials in Germany are yet to confirm the nationalities of those on board, but officials are now set to investigate the crash and consider information on the aircraft’s cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder.

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Aviation Law team, which acts for both people injured in air accidents and the families of those killed in crashes the UK and abroad, said it is vital that lessons are learned from the incident.

Jim Morris, a Partner and former RAF pilot who works in the team, said: “As it is only days since this Cessna crash it is very difficult to form a view as to what may have caused this tragedy.  There will be many questions which aviation authorities and emergency services will be working to answer over the coming weeks and months.

“Investigations will need to consider all the evidence and surrounding circumstances to provide a full picture of the sequence of events that led to the accident.  This will include consideration of the decisions made during the flight, the weather conditions at the time and whether any technical issue or fault could have played a role in the accident.  The latter is particularly important as any technical problem may have an impact on other similar aircraft currently in operation across the world.

“As with any crash, it is absolutely vital that the investigation authorities promptly determine what caused the accident so that flight safety can be improved to prevent similar accidents occurring again.

“Our thoughts are with the families of the passengers and crew.”