Narrative:A Raytheon 390 Premier 1A corporate jet, registered N777VG, was destroyed in a landing accident at Thomson-McDuffie County Airport, GA, USA. The captain and the co-pilot survived. The remaining five occupants were killed.
The airplane departed Nashville-John C. Tune Airport, TN about 18:28 CST on a flight to Thomson-McDuffie County Airport, GA. Preliminary reports indicate the pilot aborted the approach to runway 10, a 5503 ft (1677 m) long asphalt runway. The plane was seen to continue down the runway at a low altitude. The airplane struck a poured-concrete utility pole and braided wires about 59 feet above ground level. The pole was located about 1/4 mile east the departure end of runway 10. The utility pole was not lighted. During the initial impact with the utility pole, the outboard section of the left wing was severed. The airplane continued another 1/4 mile east before colliding with trees and terrain. A post crash fire ensued and consumed a majority of the airframe. The engines separated from the fuselage during the impact sequence.
An automated weather observation about the time of the accident indicated:
KHQU 210135Z AUTO 26003KT 10SM 06/M03 A3012 RMK AO1 T00611026
[20:35 local time/01:35 UTC: Wind 260 degrees at 3 knots; Visibility: 10 or more miles; Temperature: 6░C; Dewpoint: -3░C; Pressure: 1020 mb.]
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Distance from Nashville-John C. Tune Airport, TN to Thomson-McDuffie County Airport, GA as the crow flies is 493 km (308 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.