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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 11 December 1991
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft Beechjet 400A
Operator:Bruno's Inc.
Registration: N25BR
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
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft 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:

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"

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 210 days (7 months)
Accident number: DCA92MA011
Download report: Summary report

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» NTSB/AAR-92/01/SUM

Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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