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Flight control system event involving Cessna 550, VH-INT, near Perth Airport, WA, 6 October 2011

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 20 September 2011, a Cessna Aircraft 550 Citation II aircraft, registered VH-INT, was involved in a ground towing accident when a Fokker F100 under tow collided with the tail of the parked Citation. The collision resulted in damage to the left elevator, rudder and rudder trim control surfaces that necessitated the Citation undergoing repairs.

On 06 December 2011, while conducting a post-maintenance flight, the crew experienced control problems. The resulting post-flight inspection found several maintenance procedural omissions and rigging inconsistencies.

A review of the maintenance system and processes for return to flight and the acceptance flight versus training flight protocols was conducted respectively by both the maintenance and operator organisations and corrective actions taken.

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General details
Date: 06 October 2011   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1700 WST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Perth    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Flight control systems  
Release date: 14 March 2012   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 550  
Aircraft registration VH-INT  
Serial number 550-0102  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Perth, WA  
Destination Perth, WA  
Last update 14 November 2018