A Cessna 650 crashes after take off from Rome Ciampino

On Feb 7, some minutes after 6.00LT, a privately-owned Cessna 650 Citation III (similar to the one in the pictures below that is a Cessna 650 Citation IV), with registration I-FEEV, in air ambulance service crashed in the Trigoria suburb, to the Southwest of Rome, causing the death of the two pilots. The aircraft had departed from Ciampino airport to Bologna, where it was expected to embark a medical team and to carry it to Cagliari. According to the first reports, the aircraft encountered a bad thunderstorm during the initial climb and some witnesses saw a lightning before hearing a loud bang caused by the impact of the Citation.
To read more about the risk posed to the aviation by lightnings click here: http://cencio4.wordpress.com/2008/02/15/a-lightning-strike-causes-the-loss-of-an-italian-f-16-are-lightnings-a-risk-for-aviation-safety/

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1 Comment

  1. An article says that witness report the plane literally exploded after the bolt hit the plane, is that credible?
    I read the rest of the related articles but with a small plane like a Cessna and a probably strong lightening (since there are different strenghts of these phenomenon) hitting the body of the plane this stuff is still impossible to happen?
    Thanks for reply.
    with all the respect.

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