NTSB: Execuflight Largely Responsible For Crash Killing 7 From Boca's Pebb

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The National Transportation Safety Board just released its statement of fact in the November, 2015 private plane crash in Akron, Ohio killing 7 employees from Boca’s Pebb Corporation. The agency places blame squarely on the shoulders of Execuflight — the Fort Lauderdale company that provided the charter. The agency also blames the FAA for not managing Execuflight.

The NTSB issued the following statement:

On November 10, 2015, about 1453 eastern standard time (EST), Execuflight flight 1526, a British Aerospace HS 125-700A (Hawker 700A), N237WR, departed controlled flight while on a nonprecision localizer approach to runway 25 at Akron Fulton International Airport (AKR) and impacted a four-unit apartment building in Akron, Ohio. The captain, first officer, and seven passengers died; no one on the ground was injured. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and postcrash fire. The airplane was registered to Rais Group International NC LLC and operated by Execuflight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 as an on-demand charter flight. Instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) prevailed, and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan was filed. The flight departed from Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport (MGY), Dayton, Ohio, about 1413 and was destined for AKR.

The flight crew’s mismanagement of the approach and multiple deviations from company standard operating procedures, which placed the airplane in an unsafe situation and led to an unstabilized approach, a descent below minimum descent altitude without visual contact with the runway environment, and an aerodynamic stall. Contributing to the accident were Execuflight’s casual attitude toward compliance with standards; its inadequate hiring, training, and operational oversight of the flight crew; the company’s lack of a formal safety program; and the Federal Aviation Administration’s insufficient oversight of the company’s training program and flight operations.

Read the complete report here.

Execuflight early this month filed a notice with the NTSB that it disagrees that it was responsible for the crash that killed 9.