NTSB investigators located the cockpit voice and flight data recorders last night from the Gulfstream IV-SP that crashed at about 9:40 p.m. on Saturday while taking off from Runway 11 at Bedford Hanscom Field near Boston under FAR Part 91 operating rules. All seven aboard were killed, including passengers Lewis Katz (co-owner of the Gulfstream), Anne Leeds, Marcella Dalsey and Susan Asbell, and the three crewmembers–chief pilot James McDowell, copilot Bauke “Mike” de Vries and flight attendant Teresa Benhoff.
According to NTSB senior investigator Luke Schiada, the U.S.-registered GIV-SP–S/N 1399, manufactured in 2000 and registered as N121JM to SK Travel llc of Raleigh, N.C.–crashed into a ravine in a wooded area about 2,000 feet beyond the end of the runway along its extended centerline. An eyewitness told NTSB officials that the GIV-SP, which was departing for Atlantic City, N.J., never lifted off the ground. The aircraft was largely consumed in a post-crash fire.
The 15-person accident investigation team–which includes personnel from the NTSB, FAA, Gulfstream, Rolls-Royce and the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch–will remain on site until this evening. Investigators have secured the aircraft maintenance and crew training records and are now collecting airport surveillance videos. According to Schiada, the CVR and FDR will be analyzed at the NTSB lab in Washington, D.C. He also said that McDowell had 18,500 flight hours and de Vries had 11,200 flight hours, and that the aircraft had logged 4,950 hours since new.