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Name 500 Citation
Manufacturer CESSNA
Body Narrow
Type Fixed Wing
WTC Light
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi

Also manufacturered as:

CESSNA Citation 1
CESSNA Citation
CESSNA 500 Citation
CESSNA 500 Citation 1

CESSNA 500 Citation

CESSNA 500 Citation

Image source: IANS


Light corporate jet. In service since 1971. Initial version of a large family of Business jets. In production between 1971 and 1985. Replaced by CESSNA 525 CitationJet in 1985.


Aircraft name 500 Citation
ICAO code/WTC C500 / L
Manufacturer CESSNA
Type code/APC L2J / B

Technical Data

Wing span 14.4 m47.244 ft
Length 13.3 m43.635 ft
Height 4.4 m14.436 ft
Powerplant 2 x 9.98 kN P&W JT15D-1 turbofans.
Engine model Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving C500

  • C500, vicinity Biggin Hill UK, 2008 (LOC FIRE HF) (On 30 March 2008, a privately operated Cessna Citation 500 which had just taken off from Biggin Hill UK for Pau, France in day VMC reported ‘engine vibration’. Whilst positioning for a return to land, the aircraft descended and the pilots reported a major power problem just before it struck the side of a house killing all five occupants and destroying the house and adjacent property in the intense fire which followed.)
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