Preliminary Report: NTSB aiding Madagascar fatal probe

 - December 11, 2006, 6:37 AM

Cessna 425 Conquest I, Tulear, Madagascar, Oct. 25, 2006–All six people aboard the Services et Transports Aeriens Conquest, 5R-MGV, were killed when the turboprop twin crashed soon after takeoff from Tulear Airport on a VFR flight plan in visual conditions. Witnesses reported seeing sparks come from the aircraft immediately after takeoff and it banked to the right before descending. Fire broke out and the airplane was destroyed. The flight had been en route to Anatananarivo, Madagascar.

The government of Madagascar has established a commission composed of several agencies to investigate the accident, and an NTSB representative has been appointed to assist in the investigation.