‘Trim issues’ may have affected business jet turbulence: NPR
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HARTFORD, Conn. — A business jet that held senior positions in two presidential administrations may have experienced stability problems before it encountered turbulence or other roughness that claimed the life of a passenger, officials said Monday.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was looking into the “reported trim issue,” a reference to adjustments made to the plane’s control surfaces to ensure they remain stable and level in flight. The agency initially reported severe turbulence on the plane Friday afternoon.
Last year, the Federal Aviation Administration asked pilots flying the same model Bombardier plane to take extra precautions before takeoff after reports of maintenance problems.
Investigators will get more information after analyzing the flight data recorder, cockpit voice recorder and other information such as the weather at the time, the NTSB said.
The Bombardier business jet was en route from Keene, New Hampshire to Leesburg, Virginia before heading to Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport. There were three passengers and two crew members on board.
The victim, identified as Dana Hyde, 55, of Cabin John, Maryland, was taken to a hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, where he was pronounced dead, Connecticut State Police said Monday. The chief medical examination revealed that he died from a severe blow.
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Conexon, who owns the plane based in Kansas City, Missouri, confirmed in an email that Hyde is the wife of business partner Jonathan Chambers, who was on the plane with his son. Neither father nor son were injured, the company said.
Hyde was an attorney for the 9/11 Commission, formally known as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States, and held other positions during his career in Washington, according to his LinkedIn page. .
During the administration of President Bill Clinton, he served as Special Assistant to the President for Cabinet Affairs and Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General of the United States and Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of State and Deputy Director in the Office of Management and Budget. During the administration of President Bill Clinton. The administration of Barack Obama, LinkedIn website reports.
Turbulence is unstable air in the atmosphere that continues to harm air travelers despite improvements in safety. But deaths from turbulence are extremely rare. The FAA reported 30 injuries but no deaths from 2009 to 2020 in December.
Cropping problems can also be responsible for buffing or elevation changes.
The NTSB is reviewing all of these factors and expects to issue a preliminary report in two to three weeks, spokeswoman Sarah Sulick said.
The FAA issued its aviation directive last year after several incidents in which the nose of a Bombardier BD-100-1A10’s horizontal stabilizer dropped after the pilot tried to lift the plane.
Affecting approximately 678 U.S.-registered aircraft, the directive included expanded pre-flight pitch checks and revised cockpit procedures for pilots to use in certain situations.
The Bombardier BD-100-1A10 is often referred to as the Challenger 300 and Challenger 350.
Canadian plane maker Bombardier said in a statement that it could not comment on the possible cause of the plane’s failure, but “expressed its sincere condolences to all those affected by this accident.”
“We guarantee our aircraft are built to be durable and reliable to Transport Canada standards and all international airworthiness standards,” the company said.
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