Preliminary Report Reveals Cause of Plane Crash, Plane Carrying CEO and Employees of an Atlanta-Based Paper and Packaging Company
CALIFORNIA – According to an online news report at ajc.com, a preliminary investigation of a plane crash carrying employees of a paper and packaging company located in Atlanta reveals what caused the accident.*
Ten individuals, including the CEO of the Atlanta-based paper and packaging company, Graphic Packaging International, were aboard a flight at Oroville Municipal Airport located close to Sacramento. Seven of the ten people on board were company executives. There were two pilots on the plane as well, per the company’s spokesperson.
The group of individuals were visiting a company facility in Oroville, California and were on board the airplane intending to visit a plant in Oregon. While attempting to take off, the plane ran off of the runway and bust into flames.
The National Transportation Safety Board indicates in its report that the aircraft, a Cessna Citation, taxies on the runway and underwent a pre-takeoff checklist. When this process was complete, the pilot prepared to take off. As the pilot was getting ready for takeoff, he noticed a strange sensation. As a result, he pulled back on the yoke however, the aircraft did not leave the runway. He attempted this maneuver a second time but the nose of the airplane did not move, per the report. “[At this time,] the non-flying pilot called for an abort, and the pilot flying [the plane] applied a full thrust reversers and maximum braking,” the report stated.
At this time, the aircraft exited the runway, slammed into a ditch, and skidded into the grass. The plane then caught fire. Once the fire was put out, the shell of the plane remained and about a half-acre of burnt grass. Luckily, everyone was able to escape the burning wreck in time. As such, no one sustained injuries in the crash.
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Source:https://www.ajc.com/news/crime--law/new-report-details-moments-before-plane-carrying-atlanta-based-ceo-employees-crashed/Ya2klz8LXsnAnbUOnPEI7J/ and https://app.ntsb.gov/pdfgenerator/ReportGeneratorFile.ashx?EventID=20190821X63931&AKey=1&RType=Prelim&IType=FA
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