Citation Crash Followed Long Grounding

 - October 25, 2006, 4:51 AM

More details have emerged about the November 5 crash of Citation N505K following a loss of control after takeoff from Hobby Airport in Houston. The 55-year-old owner-pilot and his 37-year-old mechanic were killed. The NTSB told AIN that the twinjet hadn’t flown since February and had undergone “extensive maintenance.” An eyewitness reported the twinjet climbed no more than 300 feet before it “appeared to stall, rolled hard to the right, become inverted and crashed.” The Safety Board said the airplane crashed on Runway 13R and burst into flames before sliding 520 feet and coming to rest inverted.