A Gulfstream G650 crashed in Roswell, NM yesterday morning, killing the two pilots and two engineers who were on board. Gulfstream confirmed the incident yesterday, and today released the identities of the four employees that were on the aircraft.
The G650 is Gulfstream’s flagship design, and is its newest offering in the ultra-large cabin segment of the business aircraft industry. The model is still undergoing flight testing, and the aircraft that crashed yesterday was undergoing takeoff performance checks at the time of the incident. Initial reports indicate that the aircraft lifted off of the runway briefly, before descending to a hard impact that collapsed the landing gear. The aircraft then burst into flames.
My deepest sympathies go out to the families of those men who tragically lost their lives yesterday.