Investigators are trying to determine the specific cause behind an accident and fire after a Cessna Citation landed with its gear up at Tri-Cities Airport (KPSC) in Pasco, Washington, the FAA said Thursday.
Immediately following Tuesday’s accident, all 10 passengers and crew safely escaped the twin engine jet without injury, according to an FAA statement released to FLYING. The Cessna 525B—tail number N528DV—“safely landed with its gear up,” the statement said, “before the aircraft caught fire.”
Pictures from this mornings plane. All 10 people on board walked away. Cause under investigation. pic.twitter.com/zgZldExjVf
— Pasco Fire Dept (@PascoWAFire) September 20, 2022
Firefighters Received No Warning
Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, the FAA said, and the NTSB will lead the investigation. Local fire department photos showed the jet’s charred wreckage on a runway shortly after the Citation arrived on a flight from Chehalis-Centralia Airport (KCLS) in Chehalis, Washington, about 200 nm west of Pasco.
Fire department spokesman Ben Shearer told FLYING that firefighters received no warning that the aircraft was having trouble, which delayed their ability to have emergency equipment positioned near Runway 3L during landing. “The plane ended up on its belly and skidded down the runway,” Shearer said.
The airport terminal remained open during the emergency response and the airfield was back in service a few hours after the accident, Shearer said..
Nurse and Surgical Technicians Among Passengers
The aircraft reportedly was operated by the Pacific Cataract Laser Institute, based in Chehalis. Passengers included surgical technicians and a registered nurse who were traveling to a company office in nearby Kennewick, Washington.
Pacific Cataract Laser Institute operates multiple offices across the region, according to its website. The company performs eye surgeries and other treatments for conditions including cataracts, glaucoma, and LASIK vision corrections.
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