NTSB releases final report on Gulfstream G650 flight test mishap

On April 2, 2011, an experimental Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation GVI (G650), N652GD, crashed during takeoff. The two pilots and the two flight test engineers were fatally injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged by impact forces and a postcrash fire.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its final report on the mishap, and it does not a paint a pretty picture. Yet again, we learn that there can be catastrophic consequences to cutting technical corners due to commercial or schedule pressures.

Here is the link to the NTSB docket DCA11MA076 for this tragedy.

RIP to:

  • Kent R. Crenshaw
  • David E. McCollum
  • Reece E. Ollenburg
  • Vivian L. Ragusa II

Addendum: Here is the link to the final report.

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