Flugunfall 28 NOV 2004 einer Canadair CL-600-2A12 Challenger 601 N873G - Montrose County Airport, CO (MTJ)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Datum:Sonntag 28 November 2004
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic CL60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair CL-600-2A12 Challenger 601
Betrieben durch:Global Aviation
Gemietet von :Hop-A-Jet Inc
Kennzeichen: N873G
Werknummer: 3009
Baujahr: 1983
Anzahl Zyklen der Zelle:8911
Triebwerk: 2 General Electric CF34-3A2
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 3
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 6
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Montrose County Airport, CO (MTJ) (   USA)
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Betriebsart:Inländischer außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Montrose County Airport, CO (MTJ/KMTJ), USA
Flug nach:South Bend Regional, IN (SBN/KSBN), USA
Flugnummer: 73
The airplane arrived at Montrose around 09:00 and dropped off one passenger. The airplane remained parked for approximately 50 minutes until the crew received their IFR clearance at 09:55. The airplane taxied out to runway 31. After rotation the airplane reportedly yawed to the right. The airplane impacted terrain to the right of runway and slid approximately 1,400 feet, through the airport perimeter fence, across a road and through an adjacent fence. The airplane came to rest within 200 feet of a dairy farm. Weather at the time of the accident was reported as winds calm, visibility 1 1/4 statute miles, light snow and mist, sky condition few 500 feet agl, overcast 900 feet agl, temperature -01 degrees Celsius (C), dewpoint -02 C, altimeter 29.67 inches.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The National Transportation Safety Board concludes that the probable cause of this accident was the flight crew’s failure to ensure that the airplane’s wings were free of ice or snow contamination that accumulated while the airplane was on the ground, which resulted in an attempted takeoff with upper wing contamination that induced the subsequent stall and collision with the ground. A factor contributing to the accident was the pilots’ lack of experience flying during winter weather conditions."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Accident number: NTSB AAB-06-03
Download report: Final report

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NTSB issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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photo of Canadair-Challenger-601-N873G
accident date: 28-11-2004
type: Canadair Challenger 601
registration: N873G
photo of Canadair-Challenger-601-N873G
accident date: 28-11-2004
type: Canadair Challenger 601
registration: N873G
photo of Canadair-Challenger-601-N373G
accident date: 28-11-2004
type: Canadair Challenger 601
registration: N373G

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Montrose County Airport, CO to South Bend Regional, IN as the crow flies is 1851 km (1157 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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