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Accident description
Last updated: 28 August 2015
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Saturday 31 May 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic GLF4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Gulfstream G-IV
Operator:SK Travel LLC
Registration: N121JM
C/n / msn: 1399
First flight: 2000
Total airframe hrs:4950
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Tay 611
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bedford-Hanscom Field, MA (BED) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 41 m (135 feet) amsl
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Bedford-Hanscom Field, MA (BED/KBED), United States of America
Destination airport:Atlantic City International Airport, NJ (ACY/KACY), United States of America
A Gulfstream G-IV corporate jet was destroyed in a takeoff accident at Bedford-Hanscom Field, MA (BED). All four passengers and three crew members were killed in the accident.
The airplane was cleared for takeoff from runway 11 at Bedford-Hanscom Field, which is 2137 m (7011 feet) long. Initial information suggests that the airplane accelerated normally. When the crew attempted to raise the nose, the cockpit-voice recorder "captured comments concerning aircraft control, " according to the NTSB. The takeoff was aborted and the crew deployed the thrust reversers and applied brakes. The airplane failed to stop on the runway and continued onto the runway safety area and then the grass. The airplane continued on the grass, where it struck approach lighting and a localizer antenna assembly, before coming to rest in a gully, on about runway heading, about 1,850 feet from the end of the runway. A postcrash fire consumed a majority of the airplane aft of the cockpit; however; all major portions of the airplane were accounted for at the accident site. The nose gear and left main landing gear separated during the accident sequence and were located on the grass area between the safety area and the gully.
The FDR data revealed the elevator control surface position during the taxi and takeoff was consistent with its position if the gust lock was engaged. The gust lock handle, located on the right side of the control pedestal, was found in the forward (OFF) position, and the elevator gust lock latch was found not engaged.

Runway excursion

» Boston Globe

METAR Weather report:
00:56 UTC / 20:56 local time:
KBED 010056Z 00000KT 10SM CLR 09/04 A3027 RMK AO2 SLP264 T00940044

01:56 UTC / 21:56 local time:
KBED 010156Z 00000KT 10SM CLR 08/06 A3028 RMK AO2 SLP268 T00780056
Wind: calm; Visibility: 10 or more miles; sky clear below 12,000 feet AGL; Temperature: 8░C, Dewpoint: 6░C; Pressure 1025 mb


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Distance from Bedford-Hanscom Field, MA to Atlantic City International Airport, NJ as the crow flies is 431 km (269 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.
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