Date & Time: Aug 13, 2014 at 1000 LT
Type of aircraft:
Cessna 560XLS Citation Excel
Landing (descent or approach)
Charter (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
Rio de Janeiro – Santos
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
On approach to Santos Air Base, State of São Paulo, crew abandoned the approach and started a go around when he lost control of the aircraft that plunged into the earth and crashed in flames in a near vertical position, some 4,3 km short of runway. All seven occupants were killed, among them the Brazilian politician Eduardo Campos who was travelling to Santos as part of the presidential campaign. The candidate was accompanied by his chief of cabinet, a journalist, his chauffeur and an official photographer. This is the first fatal accident involving a Cessna 560XL Citation Excel since its arrival on the market in 1996. Built in 2011, the aircraft was a 560XLS version owned by the Grupo Andrade (AF Andrade Empreendimentos e Participaçoes). In a first statement dated three days after the accident, investigators confirmed that the Cockpit Voice Recorder was readable but the data contained concerned a preceding flight. Therefore, no data about the accident could not be recorded.
It was determined that the loss of control on final approach was caused by a spatial disorientation on part of the captain who was not sufficiently trained on this type of aircraft. Losing situational awareness, the pilot adopted a wrong approach configuration with full power that led the aircraft to pitch down up to 70°. In such condition, the aircraft was uncontrollable. Overconfidence on part of the captain and negligence of the approach procedures contributed to this situation, as well as fatigue and low visibility caused by marginal weather conditions. No technical anomalies were noted on the aircraft, except the fact that the CVR was deactivated during this flight for undetermined reason.