The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary findings from the investigation into the deadly, Nov. 10 crash of a Hawker H25 twin-engine jet into a four-unit apartment building near the Akron Fulton International Airport.
The pilot, co-pilot and seven passengers were killed in the fiery crash.
The report, published today on the NTSB website, details the events of the flight leading up to the crash, from its departure in Cincinnati to a stop over at the Dayton Wright Brothers Airport and then the last flight toward Akron-Fulton International Airport.
Communications with the pilot in the moments prior to the aircraft veering off-course suggest there were no signs of distress as it prepared for its approach to the runway.
At approximately 2:38 p.m., The Akron-Canton terminal provided radar vectors to the accident airplane for its approach, according to the report.
A Piper airplane being used for flight training landed on the same runway the Hawker was destined for just prior to the Hawker’s approach, according to the report.
After the Piper exited the runway, the flight instructor recalls hearing the accident airplane’s pilot communicate “Hawker Jet on a 10 mile final localizer 25,” according to the report.
The flight instructor responded with information on how they successfully approached the runway, stating, “we broke out right at minimums,” to which the Hawker pilot responded, “thanks for the update,” according to the report.
At 2:52 p.m., a motion-activated security camera about 900 feet southeast of the crash site captured the airplane as it cleared a line of trees “in a left-wing down attitude about 1.8 nautical miles from the approach end of runway 25,” according to the report.
NTSB reports though the Hawker was destroyed in the fiery crash, the airframe, engines, primary flight controls and landing gear were all accounted for at the crash site, and the cockpit voice recorder was recovered and sent to an NTSB lab for examination.