Accident Details; http://aviation-safety.net/database/rec ... 20140813-0
Photo; PR-AFA Citation XLS+ https://twitter.com/bizjet101/status/49 ... 12/photo/1
Note; first fatal accident involving a Citation Excel - deliveries began in 1996 with currently over 870 aircraft delivered ... NTSB is assisting with investigation.
Weather, Training Factored in Brazil Campaign Crash
Weather that sharply deteriorated from VFR to IFR conditions surprised a possibly tired crew that lacked specific training for the Citation 560 XLS+, leading to spatial disorientation. That was the conclusion of Brazil's Cenipa in its final report on the Aug. 13, 2014 crash that killed all seven aboard the airplane carrying Eduardo Campos and members of his presidential campaign team. On takeoff from Rio de Janeiro at 8:21 a.m. local time, the crew of PR-AFA likely had a 7 a.m. report of VFR conditions with five-mile visibility and a 2,200-foot ceiling at the destination. But on arrival at the port of Santos near São Paulo 40 minutes later, conditions were close to IFR minimums, with the ceiling at 800 feet, 100 feet above minimums, and visibility less than two miles.
The Santos radio operator informed the crew of IFR conditions but not ceiling and visibility, and the crew didn't ask. The pilots deviated from the prescribed landing approach. When the runway came into view, the plane was misaligned, and the crew decided to go around. But they again failed to follow charted procedures. Observers saw the aircraft enter clouds, and then cameras caught it plunging well above VTO at a 35-degree angle to crash in an urban block.
Cenipa concluded that instrument meteorological conditions removed visual references, and G forces from sharp banking contributed to the pilots' spatial disorientation. Cenipa found no evidence that the crew, who were hired for the campaign without formal procedures and had flown together for only six weeks, had ever performed or trained for a missed approach on a Citation XLS+.