Hawker in Midair Had Seat Belt Failure

 - November 15, 2006, 6:22 AM

As the Raytheon Hawker 800XP that on August 28 collided with a sailplane in Nevada prepared to land, one of the jet’s passengers cinched up his seat belt and the inboard portion of the belt fitting detached. The passenger moved to another seat and the same thing happened again. The NTSB has notified the primary maintenance inspector at NetJets, the company that operated the Hawker, and the Raytheon completions center in Little Rock, Ark., to check the rest of the Hawker fleet. At press time, the NTSB investigator in charge told AIN that no further failures had been found. “It would be inappropriate for us to comment at this time,” a Raytheon Aircraft spokesman told AIN. “Raytheon Aircraft Company is actively working with the NTSB during its investigation. We anticipate complete cooperation in those efforts and will incorporate any recommended actions, if necessary, to ensure continued safety for our operators.”