New Mexico Crash Kills Four
A New Mexico crash has killed four passengers of a test twin-engine luxury business aircraft at an airport in the town of Roswell, according to the Associated Press.
Officials with Gulstream, a Georgia-based plane company, confirmed that the two pilots and two flight test engineers on board died in the crash.
The company was testing its Gulfstream G650 craft at the Roswell International Air Center when, just after takeoff, the craft banked sharply and slammed into the runway, according to Lynn Lunsford of the Federal Aviation Administration. Upon impact, the plane’s gear collapsed and the plane burst into flames.
Lunsford said the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board is planning an investigation of the crash.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who were lost,” said Joe Lombardo, president of Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. “We are cooperating 100 percent with the investigation,” he added.
At the time of the story, the names of the pilots and engineers killed had not yet been released.
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