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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 28 November 2004
Time:09:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic CL60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair CL-600-2A12 Challenger 601
Operating for:Global Aviation
Leased from:Hop-A-Jet Inc
Registration: N873G
C/n / msn: 3009
First flight: 1983
Total airframe hrs:14317
Cycles:8911
Engines: 2 General Electric CF34-3A2
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Montrose County Airport, CO (MTJ) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Montrose County Airport, CO (MTJ/KMTJ), United States of America
Destination airport:South Bend Regional, IN (SBN/KSBN), United States of America
Flightnumber: 73
Narrative:
The airplane arrived at Montrose around 09:00 and dropped off one passenger. The airplane remained parked for approximately 50 minutes until the crew received their IFR clearance at 09:55. The airplane taxied out to runway 31. After rotation the airplane reportedly yawed to the right. The airplane impacted terrain to the right of runway and slid approximately 1,400 feet, through the airport perimeter fence, across a road and through an adjacent fence. The airplane came to rest within 200 feet of a dairy farm. Weather at the time of the accident was reported as winds calm, visibility 1 1/4 statute miles, light snow and mist, sky condition few 500 feet agl, overcast 900 feet agl, temperature -01 degrees Celsius (C), dewpoint -02 C, altimeter 29.67 inches.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The National Transportation Safety Board concludes that the probable cause of this accident was the flight crew’s failure to ensure that the airplane’s wings were free of ice or snow contamination that accumulated while the airplane was on the ground, which resulted in an attempted takeoff with upper wing contamination that induced the subsequent stall and collision with the ground. A factor contributing to the accident was the pilots’ lack of experience flying during winter weather conditions."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Accident number: NTSB AAB-06-03
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Icing
Loss of control

Sources:
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» AP
» NTSB


Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 5 Safety Recommendations

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Photos

photo of Canadair CL-600-2A12 Challenger N873G
photo of Canadair CL-600-2A12 Challenger N873G
photo of Canadair CL-600-2A12 Challenger 601 N373G
N373G became N873G in October 1998
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Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Montrose County Airport, CO to South Bend Regional, IN as the crow flies is 1851 km (1157 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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