Pilot, Instructor Blamed in Fatal Training Accident

 - February 1, 2007, 6:51 AM

Performing intentional stalls at too low an altitude and the flight instructor’s “inadequate supervision” were blamed by the NTSB for the crash on September 20 last year of a Hawker 700 operated by Starflite Management of Houston near Beaumont, Texas. Two pilots, both preparing for a Part 135 competency check, and the instructor were killed. According to the cockpit voice recorder, the pilots initiated the ill-fated stall of the Hawker 700 at 5,000 feet. The stick shaker sounded, and shortly thereafter the recording ended. Twenty-five eyewitnesses reported that the airplane was flying at low altitude and doing “erratic maneuvers.”