ATL02WA020
ATL02WA020

On December 20, 2001, at 2208 central Europe standard time, a Cessna 560, HB-VLV, operated as a ferry flight by Eagle Air Ltd., of Flughafen Bern, Switzerland, collided with trees on takeoff climb at the Zurich Airport in Zurich, Switzerland. Instrument meteological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight plan was filed. The pilot-in-command and first officer sustained fatal injuries, and the airplane was destroyed by post-crash fire. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to investigators on scene, the airplane landed in Zurich to deplane passengers, then remained on the ground for about 90 minutes. The airplane received neither de-icing nor anti-icing treatments prior to takeoff. During initial climb after takeoff, the airplane traveled approximately 400 yards down the runway, exhibited a right-wing-low bank, then collided with trees and terrain and caught fire.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of Switzerland. Any further information may be obtained from:

Swiss Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau
Bundeshaus Nord, CH-3003 Bern
telephone +4131 322 55 44, fax +4131 322 55 99.

This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the government of Switzerland.

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