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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 18 June 2014
Time:14:24
Type:Silhouette image of generic WW24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
IAI 1124A Westwind II
Operator:Synfuels Holdings Finance LLC
Registration: N793BG
C/n / msn: 392
First flight: 1983
Total airframe hrs:7571
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-3-1G
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Huntsville International Airport, AL (HSV) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Huntsville International Airport, AL (HSV/KHSV), United States of America
Destination airport:Birmingham Airport, AL (BHM/KBHM), United States of America
Narrative:
An Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) 1124A Westwind II jet impacted a cotton field to the west of runway 18R at the Huntsville International Airport (KHSV) in Huntsville, Alabama. The airplane was consumed by a post-crash fire and the three occupants onboard were fatally injured.
The purpose of the flight was pilot proficiency examinations for 2 company contracted pilots. The aircraft landed about 14:22 and entered a taxiway for a crew swap. The crew then contacted the Huntsville controller and reported that they wanted to fly two more ILS approaches before heading back to Birmingham Airport, AL (BHM). About 14:23, the controller cleared the flight for takeoff runway 18R, runway heading and provided the wind as from 280 at 5 knots.
According to eyewitnesses the airplane climbed to 50-200 feet on takeoff and banked hard or steep right before crashing into a field in a nose and right wing low attitude.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight crew's inability to maintain airplane control during initial climb following deployment of the right thrust reverser for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examination of the airframe and engine thrust reverser system did not reveal any anomalies. Contributing to the accident was the excessive thrust from the right engine with the thrust reverser deployed for reasons that could not be determined during postaccident examinations and testing."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years
Accident number: ERA14FA300
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Loss of control (presumed)

Sources:
» AL.com
» WAFF
» NTSB

METAR Weather report:
08:53 UTC / 13:53 local time:
KHSV 180853Z AUTO 00000KT 8SM CLR 23/21 A3010 RMK AO2 SLP183 T02280211 56005
Wind calm; Visibility: 8 miles; Sky clear below 12,000 feet AGL; Temperature: 23°C; Dewpoint: 21°C

09:53 UTC / 14:53 local time:
KHSV 180953Z AUTO 00000KT 10SM CLR 23/22 A3011 RMK AO2 SLP186 T02330217
Wind calm; Visibility: 10 miles; Sky clear below 12,000 feet AGL; Temperature: 23°C; Dewpoint: 22°C


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photo of IAI 1124A Westwind II N793BG
photo of IAI 1124A Westwind II N793BG
photo of IAI 1124A Westwind II N793BG
right engine and partially deployed upper and lower right thrust reverser clamshell doors
photo of IAI 1124A Westwind II N793BG
left engine upper and lower thrust reverser clamshell doors
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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 Huntsville International Airport, AL to Birmingham Airport, AL as the crow flies is 119 km (74 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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