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Early Analysis: Pilot Unresponsive During Intercept over Nation’s Capital

N611VG Cessna Citation 560 V

The NTSB has released its preliminary report (ERA23FA256) regarding the investigation into the Cessna Citation 560V accident near Staunton, Virginia.

On June 4, a Cessna Citation 560V crashed in the Virginia mountains. Sadly, the lone pilot and three passengers died in the accident. No one on the ground was hurt.

The pilot took off from an uncontrolled airfield in Tennessee, intending to land in Islip, New York. Once airborne, he acquired his clearance, and then 15 minutes after departure, Air Traffic Control lost communication with the pilot.

In Early Analysis: Citation Jet Interception Over Nation’s Capital Ends in Tragedy, the AOPA Air Safety Institute (ASI) makes a preliminary assessment of the accident, addressing notable portions of the tragic flight and highlighting areas the NTSB will likely investigate to determine a probable cause.

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