Cessna CJ4 and Cessna 150 collide on uncontrolled Marion Airport runway


A Cessna 150 has collided with a Cessna CitationJet CJ4 on an uncontrolled runway in Marion, Indiana.

The Cessna 150 single-engine piston plane was taking off when it struck the tail of the CJ4, which had just landed.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement that Marion Airport does not have a control tower and, instead, “Pilots using the field are expected to announce their intentions on a common radio frequency and to coordinate with one another while on the ground and in the traffic pattern.”

After hitting the tail of the CJ4, the Cessna 150 crashed and caught fire. Both people on board the aircraft were killed.

Images from the scene show the tail of the CJ4 completely sheared off.

FAA records show that CJ4 MSN 525C-0081 / N511AC is owned by Avis Industrial Corp, an Indiana-based company that specialises in acquiring businesses.

FlightAware records show that Avis Industrial Corp blocked the registration from public flight tracking. However, the aircraft was believed to be returning to its homebase when the accident occurred.

None of the five persons aboard the CJ4 were injured.