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Accident Report Detail

Crash During Approach to Landing, Business Jet Services Ltd., Gulfstream G-1159A (G-III), N85VT

Executive Summary

​On November 22, 2004, about 0615 central standard time, a Gulfstream G‑1159A (G-III), N85VT, operated by Business Jet Services Ltd., struck a light pole and crashed about 3 miles southwest of William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), Houston, Texas, while on an instrument landing system (ILS) approach to runway 4. The two pilots and the flight attendant were killed, an individual in a vehicle near the airport received minor injuries, and the airplane was destroyed by impact forces. The airplane was being operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 on an instrument flight rules flight plan. Instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) prevailed at the time of the accident.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the flight crew’s failure to adequately monitor and cross-check the flight instruments during the approach. Contributing to the accident was the flight crew’s failure to select the instrument landing system frequency in a timely manner and to adhere to approved company approach procedures, including the stabilized approach criteria.

Accident Location: Houston , TX    
Accident Date: 11/22/2004
Accident ID: DCA05MA011

Date Adopted: 11/2/2006
NTSB Number: AAB-06-06
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