NTSB: Flight Pitched and Rolled on Axis Before Crashing (VIDEO)
The jet that crashed into a Gaithersburg neighborhood killing the three onboard and three family members in a house it hit, was intact before it hit the ground and showed no evidence it hit birds, according to an NTSB official during a press conference Tuesday.
The NTSB recovered all “four corners of the plane” meaning the tail, nose and both wing tips. That verifies the aircraft did not come apart before it crashed, according to NTSB member Robert Sumwalt. The federal agency also recovered the cockpit voice recorder, a two-hour recording of the flight. The recorder showed jet was 57 minutes into its flight from Chapel Hill, N.C. to the Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg.
Sumwalt said the recording did include an announcement of a stall call out, an automated announcing an impending aerodynamic stall. That is not the same as an engine stall, Sumwalt said. And, he said the flight data showed the jet did pitch and roll on its axis during the final moments. At its slowest point, the jet was shown to be going 88 knots.
Sumwalt held a 20-minute press conference at its headquarters in D.C. today.
“Today is not the day we solve the accident. We are in the fact finding stage,” Sumwalt said.
You can watch the entire press conference here.
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