Cessna 501 Citation, G-VUEM
The accident occurred during an ILS approach to Runway 15 at Birmingham Airport. The weather conditions were clear over the aerodrome but there was a bank of fog affecting the final approach. The aircraft descended below the Decision Altitude (DA), without the crew having achieved the required visual references, and struck the glideslope antenna. A fire broke out on the left wing and the aircraft crashed onto the grass to the right of the runway. By this time, the fog was affecting the whole of the airfield and, in poor visibility and wet ground conditions, the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service (RFFS) had some difficulties locating and accessing the aircraft. However, the first vehicle was at the scene within three minutes, the fire was extinguished rapidly and a fireman assisted the commander who was, for a time, trapped in his seat. Both of the flight crew survived the accident. Also, a transplant organ, which was being carried onboard, was recovered successfully.
Published 10 December 2014