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NTSB issues prelim report

September 15, 2011 • Local News

The National Transportation Safety Board, Wednesday, released a preliminary report for the April 2 plane crash in Roswell in which four people were killed.

The incident involved a Gulfstream G650 airplane that crashed around 9:34 a.m. during takeoff at Roswell International Air Center. Two flight crewmembers and two technical crewmembers on the aircraft were all Gulfstream employees from Savannah, Ga.

The preliminary report states that the airplane was “substantially damaged after impact with terrain during takeoff.” It also states that the airplane’s takeoff simulated an engine failure, in an attempt to “determine takeoff distance requirements at minimum flap setting.”

The report states there were wingtip scrape marks for about 3,800 feet from the runway to the plane’s final resting place. The place on the runway where the scrape marks began is about 5,300 feet from the end of the runway.

Witnesses at the scene stated they saw the plane sliding with sparks and smoke coming from the bottom of the wing. They said the plane was fully “involved in fire while still moving across the ground.” The plane struck several “obstructions” and came to rest upright about 200 feet from the base of the airport control tower.

Several airport rescue and firefighting units quickly responded to the crash and fought the fire.

The airplane was operating under a Federal Aviation Administration Experimental Certificate of Airworthiness.

An official with the NTSB said this is just a preliminary report, and more details could not be given. A final report is scheduled to come about a year after the incident.

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