Office of Aviation Safety
6/7/2016 - Board Meeting
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors.
Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been
completed. NTSB investigators traveled in support of this investigation and used
data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident
On December 8, 2014, about 1041 Eastern
Standard Time (EST), an Embraer EMB-500 Phenom 100, N100EQ, impacted terrain and
houses about 0.75 miles short of runway 14 while on approach to Montgomery
County Airpark (GAI), Gaithersburg, Maryland. The airline transport rated pilot
and two passengers were fatally injured as well as three persons on the ground.
The airplane was destroyed during the impact and ensuing fire. Marginal visual
meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and the flight was operating on
an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan. The airplane was registered to and
operated by Sage Aviation LLC., of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, under the
provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. The
flight originated from Horace Williams Airport (IGX), Chapel Hill, North
Carolina, with GAI as its intended destination.
Senior Investigator Timothy LeBaron is leading the team as investigator-in-charge. NTSB Board Member Robert L. Sumwalt accompanied the team and served as the principal spokesman during the on-scene phase of the investigation.