Aviation News

March 2, 2012

Business Jet Crash in Germany Kills Five

The crash occurred outside of Frankfurt, in Egelsbach, Germany
The crash occurred outside of Frankfurt, in Egelsbach, Germany. (Map by Google)
All five people on a business jet were killed early Thursday evening when the plane crashed near an airport in western Germany, police said.

The accident happened just before 7 pm local time when the Cessna 750 Citation X aircraft (N288CX) was preparing to land at Frankfurt Egelsbach Airport, a busy general aviation airport southeast of Frankfurt Airport. The plane was carrying a pilot, co-pilot and three passengers on a flight from the Austrian city of Linz.

Police spokesman Josef Michael Rösch said the aircraft crashed and burst into flames in woodland near Autobahn 661, about 2 1/2 miles (4 kilometers) from the airport. “Police have cordoned off a wide area with the support of other forces,” he said.

Rösch said it was not immediately known what caused the deadly accident. “The German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation (BFU) has taken over the investigation into the cause of the accident,” the spokesman said.

With NYCAviation reporting