N800CC Hawker 800XP burns up after 3 takeoff attempts!


NTSB Identification: SEA08LA014
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, October 29, 2007 in Santa Ana, CA
Aircraft: Raytheon Corporate Jets Hawker 800XP, registration: N800CC
Injuries: 8 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

On October 29, 2007, about 1400 Pacific daylight time, a Raytheon Corporate Jets Hawker 800XP, N800CC, was substantially damaged by a fire originating from the left main landing gear after the takeoff was aborted at the John Wayne-Orange County Airport, Santa Ana, California. The aircraft is owned and operated by CIT Leasing Corp. and was originating at the time for the 14 CFR Part 91 business flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The two airline transport pilots and six passengers were not injured. The flight was destined for Denver, Colorado.

The pilot reported to the responding Federal Aviation Administration Inspector from the Long Beach, California, Flight Standards District Office that the takeoff was aborted twice before the third attempt due to an engine warning light. All three takeoff attempts were made within about a 20 minute period.

Inspection of the landing gear found that the left main landing gear tires overheated and blew during the third takeoff attempt. The hydraulic line on the left main landing gear was severed and hydraulic fluid leaked out onto the hot surface and ignited.



Now you can understand the importance of the break energy limit charts.


If I was a passenger on that flight I would have been off after the first or second attempt.


If you only attempt an approach twice before heading to your alternate, why would you want to attempt to takeoff three times. statistically the third attempt is when accidents occur.


One word… denial.

Doesn’t make it right, but I guess that’s the human nature in all of us.




“Look, I know we aborted the first two times but this is a solid plane, there’s no way Raytheon would make an unsafe plane, so quit your yapping and lets run through the checklist.”

Confidence - Check
Third Take-off attempt - Check
Engine warning Light each time - Check
And Gears a flaming! - Check


Parking brake set - check!



Good ol’ USAirways…
I wonder if there’s a good explanation for that


Reverse drag racing…


i think i have some pictures of that at home…ill post them if i can find them