Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2007 Issue

January 12, 2007, Van Nuys, Calif., Cessna 525 CitationJet

The Airline Transport pilot and Commercial-rated copilot sustained fatal injuries and the airplane was destroyed after colliding with terrain at about 1107 Pacific time, shortly after takeoff. Visual conditions prevailed. Before departing, one of the linemen observed the copilot loading bags into the left front baggage compartment. He did not see him latch or lock it.

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