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Accident description
Last updated: 30 May 2016
Date:Wednesday 11 December 1991
Type:Beechcraft Beechjet 400A
Operator:Bruno's Inc.
Registration: N25BR
C/n / msn: RJ-57
First flight:
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5A
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:12 km (7.5 mls) WSW of Rome-Richard B Russell Airport, GA (RMG) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Rome-Richard B Russell Airport, GA (RMG/KRMG), United States of America
Destination airport:Huntsville-Madison County Airport, AL (HSV/KHSV), United States of America
After a VFR takeoff, the captain contacted Atlanta Center to obtain an IFR clearance to Huntsville. Higher terrain and low ceilings caused the captain to order a right 180deg turn. 4 minutes after takeoff the Beech flew into Lavender Mountain.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain's decision to initiate visual flight into an area of known mountainous terrain and low ceilings and the failure of the flightcrew to maintain awareness of their proximity to the terrain"

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» NTSB/AAR-92/01/SUM

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Distance from Rome-Richard B Russell Airport, GA to Huntsville-Madison County Airport, AL as the crow flies is 151 km (94 miles).

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