NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
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NTSB LAUNCHES TEAM TO INVESTIGATE BUSINESS JET CRASH IN SOUTH CAROLINA

September 20, 2008

The National Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a Go Team to investigate the crash of a business jet at Columbia Metropolitan Airport in West Columbia, South Carolina.

The Learjet 60 (N999LJ) crashed on take-off at 11:53 p.m. EDT on Friday.  Of the six people on board, two crewmembers and two passengers were fatally injured. 

NTSB Senior Air Safety Investigator Bill English has been designated as Investigator-in-Charge. NTSB Board Member Debbie Hersman will serve as principal spokesman during the on-scene investigation.

The Safety Board's 11-member team includes two representatives from the Office of Transportation Disaster Assistance. Peter Knudson will accompany the team as press officer.

Mr. Knudson may be reached on his cell phone (202-557-1350) when he arrives in South Carolina this morning.


NTSB Press Contacts:

202-557-1350 (Peter Knudson, on site in South Carolina)
202-314-6100 (Washington)

 

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.