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Crash of Embraer EMB-500/Phenom 100, Gaithersburg, MD

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  • Accident No: DCA15MA029
  • Accident Type: Office of Aviation Safety
  • Location: Gaithersburg , MD
  • Date: 12/8/2014




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Preliminary Report

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 report.
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.



Investigation Information


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.


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