G650 crash during test, kills 4

Apr. 2 – Saturday morning – a Gulfstream G650 crashed during testing in Roswell, N.M., killing the two Gulfstream pilots and two Gulfstream flight test engineers. The names of the dead were not released.

Gulfstream spokesman Jeff Miller said the aircraft was undergoing takeoff performance tests when the accident occurred.

The G650 is Gulfstream’s largest, newest aircraft, longest ranging, and at $64 million, its most expensive. It is undergoing certification trials now and was expected to receive its FAA certification this year and enter service in 2012. The company has reported orders in hand for more than 200 of the new aircraft.

Few details were immediately available regarding the accident.

The crashed aircraft was reported to be serial number 6002, one of four flight test aircraft.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who were lost,” said Joe Lombardo, president, Gulfstream Aerospace.

The fatal G650 crash is under investigation by Gulfstream, the National Transportation Safety Board and FAA.



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