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NTSB Believes Mismanaged Approach to Blame For Execuflight Crash

The agency added that the charter company's "casual attitude toward compliance with standards" was also a contributing factor.
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The NTSB issued thirteen safety recommendations along with their findings regarding the Execuflight Crash.

The National Transportation Safet Board (NTSB) has revealed their findings regarding the November 10, 2015, Execuflight crash. According to the agency, it was “the flight crew’s mismanagement of the approach and multiple deviations from standard operating procedures” that caused Part 135 on-demand charter flight to crash. The agency added that the charter company’s “casual attitude toward compliance with standards” was also a contributing factor.

More Details on the Execuflight Crash

Execuflight flight 1526, a British Aerospace HS 125-700A (or Hawker 700A), was headed for the Akron Fulton International Airport and was on a non-precision approach when the pilots “descended below the minimum descent altitude” despite not having the runway in sight. The first officer then attempted to arrest the descent, but the aircraft entered a stall and crashed into an apartment building. Though there were no fatalities on the ground, all nine people onboard the aircraft were killed.

More Details on the NTSB Findings

NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart said that Execuflight’s casual attitude toward safety allowed the pilots to believe that adhering strictly to the standard operating procedures (SOP) wasn’t necessary. He added that “Following standard operating procedures is critical to flight safety. Adhering to these procedures could have prevented this accident and saved lives.

In the NTSB’s report, they list the following as some of the procedures the crew deviated from:

  • Contrary to the company’s practice of having the captain flying the aircraft when paying passengers were onboard, the first officer was instead flying with the captain monitoring.
  • The captain was “unstructured, inconsistent, and incomplete” in his approach briefing, leading to the flight crew not having a uniform understanding of how to conduct the approach
  • When it became apparent the approach was unstabilized, the captain failed to both take control of the aircraft and call for a missed approach.

The NTSB also added that “the FAA’s insufficient oversight of the company’s training program and flight operations” was also a contributing factor to the Execuflight crash.

As a result of the accident, the NTSB made nine safety recommendations to the FAA, two to Textron Aviation, and two to Hawker 700 and 800 series training centers. The recommendations included developing and putting flight data monitoring and safety management systems in place for Part 135 operators, and working to improve pilot training on non-precision approaches.


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For those interested in reading a more detailed account of the accident, full list of findings, probable cause and recommendations related to this investigation, you can find the report here. And for those interested in reviewing additional documents from the investigation, you can look through the full NTSB investigation here.

Featured Image: Bruno Holz, CC2, Note: this is not an image of the actual aircraft involved in the accident.

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