NTSB Releases Findings from Fatal Gaithersburg Plane Crash

On June 8, the National Transportation Safety Board released it's findings from the fatal December 2014 plane crash in Gaithersburg.

Read the abstract of the NTSB final report here. 

The probable cause of the crash is stated as follows:

The NTSB determines that the probable cause of this accident was the pilot’s conduct of an approach in structural icing conditions without turning on the airplane’s wing and horizontal stabilizer deice system, leading to ice accumulation on those surfaces, and without using the appropriate landing performance speeds for the weather conditions and airplane weight, as indicated in the airplane’s standard operating procedures, which together resulted in an aerodynamic stall at an altitude at which a recovery was not possible.

Release Date: 
Thursday, June 9, 2016