A Washington Post article offers witness reports, of a low-flying jet with landing gear down, flying somewhat erratically, then rotating ninety degrees and falling from the sky. The plane, an Embraer Phenom 100 jet, was registered with Sage Aviation in Chapel Hill, NC. It was on final approach, about a mile northwest of the airport. One house was destroyed and two others were damaged. The ground fatalities occurred at the last house hit by aircraft debris – a wing that started a fire.
Here’s a satellite view of the area, with a yellow ellipse around the airport. Note the numerous residential areas, to the southwest, west, and northeast. Also, the large park between the northwest end of the runway and the crash area. For reference, the runway is 4,200-feet long.
Below is a briefing by NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt, one day later. A preliminary review of flight data shows the aircraft was as slow as 88 knots airspeed while on approach; an online search indicates the VSO (minimum safe speed) may be much higher, around 100 knots. Sumwalt also confirmed a ‘stall warning’ was annunciated continuously during the entire final twenty seconds of flight.
- Washington Post article
- UPI.com article
- Reuters article
- Six dead as plane crashes into Gaithersburg neighborhood
- (12/9) – NTSB Describes Flight ‘Excursions’ In Phenom Crash
- [KGAI] airport page (by aiREFORM.com)