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27th of August 2015, Asymmetric Thrust, Blog #614

A,2002 built, Cessna 750 Citation X was operating a positioning flight to Toluca Airport (Mexico) on this day in 2015. As the aircraft was approaching Toluca around midnight the weather was calm, North-Easterly winds at 7knots and a temperature of 13ºC.

The aircraft after being recovered in a hangar at Toluca (Source & ©

The flight and descent to Toluca were uneventful and at approximately 00:15 lt (local time) the aircraft touched down at runway 15. Reverse thrust was selected. An asymmetric thrust situation developed when the thrust reverser did not deploy symmetrically., causing the crew to lose control of the aircraft. The aircraft left the runway and entered the soft ground to the left of the runway, the nose gear collapsed in the deep soft ground on the side of the runway. The aircraft came to a stop 2700 meters from the runway threshold, on the left-hand side of the runway. There were no injuries reported to the crew Damage to the aircraft was extensive as reported by the aircraft insurer;

  • Forward fuselage damaged The nose landing gear collapsed rearwards and to the left

  • The tail section was bent to the left

  • Right-wing leading edge damaged

  • The left engine ingested mud and grass

The aircraft in its final position, prior to recovery (Source & ©

The insurance concluded that the only facility in the world capable of repairing the damage was the aircraft manufacturer. This option was deemed as not economically feasible, the aircraft was written off as damaged beyond (economical) repair.

** Editorial note **

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