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CESSNA 550 Citation 2

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Name 550 Citation 2
Manufacturer CESSNA
Body Narrow
Wing Fixed Wing
WTC Light
Type code L2J
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi
Mass group 3

Manufacturered as:

CESSNA S550 Citation S2
CESSNA Citation Bravo
CESSNA Citation S2
CESSNA Citation 2
CESSNA T-47 Citation 2
CESSNA 550 Citation Bravo
CESSNA 552 Citation 2
CESSNA 550 Citation 2

CESSNA 550 Citation 2

CESSNA 550 Citation 2


Small to mid-size corporate jet. In service since 1978 (S2 since 1984, Bravo since 1997). Stretched Citation development, with more powerful engines, larger fuel tankage and increased wing span. Single pilot version CESSNA 551 Citation 2Sp. Replaced by CESSNA S550 Citation S2 in 1984. Returned to production in late 1985.

New version: CESSNA 552 Citation Bravo, with more powerful engines and modern avionics. Bravo: MTOW: 6,712 kg14,797.427 lbs
6.712 tonnes

Technical Data

Wing span 15.9 m52.165 ft
Length 14.4 m47.244 ft
Height 4.6 m15.092 ft
Powerplant Citation 2: 2 x 11.12 kN P&W JT15D-4B turbofans.

Bravo: 2 x 12,23 kN P&W PW 530A turbofans.

Engine model Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D, Pratt & Whitney Canada PW500

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) kts IAS kts IAS kts IAS kts MACH TAS 384 kts MACH IAS kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) kts
Distance 990 m ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min MACH 0.67 ROD ft/min ROD ft/min MCS kts Distance 930 m
MTOW 60006,000 kg
6 tonnes
Ceiling FL450 ROD ft/min APC B
WTC L Range 19001,900 nm
3,518,800 m
3,518.8 km
11,544,619.431 ft

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving C550

  • C550, Southampton UK, 1993 (On 26 May 1993, a Cessna Citation II being operated by a UK Air Taxi Company on a positioning flight from Oxford to Southampton to collect passengers with just the flight crew on board overran the ‘very wet’ landing runway at the destination in normal daylight visibility and ended up on an adjacent motorway where it collided with traffic, caught fire and was destroyed. The aircraft occupants and three people in cars received minor injuries.)
  • C550, en-route, north of Savannah GA USA, 2019 (On 9 May 2019, a Cessna 550 level at FL 350 experienced an unexplained left engine rundown to idle and the crew began descent and a diversion to Savannah. When the right engine also began to run down passing 8000 feet, an emergency was declared and the already-planned straight-in approach was successfully accomplished without any engine thrust. The ongoing Investigation has already established that the likely cause was fuel contamination resulting from the inadvertent mixing of a required fuel additive with an unapproved substance known to form deposits which impede fuel flow when they accumulate on critical fuel system components.)
  • C550, vicinity Cagliari Sardinia Italy, 2004 (On 24 February 2004, a Cessna 550 inbound to Cagliari at night requested and was approved for a visual approach without crew awareness of the surrounding terrain. It was subsequently destroyed by terrain impact and a resultant fire during descent and all occupants were killed. The Investigation concluded that the accident was the consequence of the way the crew conducted the flight in the absence of adequate visual references and with the possibility of a ‘black hole’ effect. It was also noted that the aircraft was not fitted, nor required to be fitted, with TAWS.)