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Board Meeting: Aerodynamic Stall and Loss of Control During Approach, Embraer EMB-500, N100EQ, Gaithersburg, Maryland, December 8, 2014, Closing Statement
Christopher A. Hart
NTSB Conference Center, Washington, DC
6/7/2016

​In closing, I would like to recognize the hard work of the NTSB staff in producing this report, and to thank my fellow Board Members for their very thoughtful participation in the process. I would especially like to thank Member Robert Sumwalt for serving as the board member on scene.

I would also like to recognize once again that Embraer, the manufacturer of the accident airplane, enabled a richer understanding of what occurred by installing a cockpit voice and data recorder on the accident airplane, although it was not required to do so.

Today’s meeting probed the final flight of a single-pilot jet airplane. Enhanced training would be helpful to any pilot who might fly such an airplane in icing conditions. That training should meet uniformly high standards.

And, because pilots are human and therefore fallible, this crash is a reminder that automated alerts to pilots can, and do, save lives.

The passion for private flight is probably more encouraged in the United States than anywhere else in the world. However, with this freedom comes responsibility.

General aviation pilots must take every precaution to prevent accidents such as we discussed today. Their calculations must be as precise as possible, and they must follow required procedures applicable to their aircraft. Pilots can never safely skip a checklist or cut a corner, even once – because any flight can turn deadly.

Time and again we have seen that whether in a commercial airliner or in a private plane, the cockpit is no place for complacency, and it is no place for bypassing required procedures. The stakes are simply too high.

Before we adjourn, I would like to mention the upcoming NTSB forum on Pilot Weather Reports, or PIREPS, which will be two weeks from now on June 21. In this accident, icing took its toll. PIREPS are an important source of information about such weather-related hazards. Pilots themselves are one of the best ways to collect and report aviation weather information. The system for collecting and disseminating pilot weather reports can and should be improved, and we hope that our upcoming forum will help increase the availability of important weather information for all pilots.

We stand adjourned.

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