National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs
Washington, D.C. - As part of its continuing investigation into an accident involving an aircraft in Montrose, Colorado, the National Transportation Safety Board will open a public docket and release a series of factual reports on Thursday, February 2, 2006, at 11:00 am. On November 28, 2004, at 9:58 (MST), a Canadair, Ltd., CL-600-2A12, N873G, owned by Hop-a-Jet, Inc., operated by Air Castle Worldwide Executive Jet Charter, Inc. (YQCA), as Glo-Air flight 73, was destroyed when it departed runway 31 and collided with terrain during takeoff at the Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ), Montrose, Colorado. A post-impact fire ensued. The captain, flight attendant, and one passenger were fatally injured; the first officer and two passengers were seriously injured. The aircraft was departing for South Bend Regional Airport (SBN), South Bend, Indiana.
The information being released is factual in nature and does not provide analysis. It will include investigative group factual reports, interview transcripts, cockpit voice recorder transcript, and other documents from the investigation. Additional material will be added to the docket as it becomes available. Analysis of the accident, along with conclusions and a determination of probable cause, will come at a later date when the final report on the investigation is completed.
For news media representatives, a CD-ROM containing the docket material will be available from the Office of Public Affairs, NTSB Headquarters (6th floor), 490 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C. beginning at 11:00a.m., Thursday, February 2, 2006. Docket material also can be obtained from the NTSB's Public Inquiries Branch by calling (202) 314-6551, or from General Microfilm, Inc., (304) 267-5830.
This will be a document release only; no interviews will be conducted.
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