Date & Time: Mar 4, 2013 at 0839 LT
Type of aircraft:
Raytheon 390 Premier I
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Annemasse - Geneva
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The pilot and two passengers arrived at Annemasse aerodrome (74) at around 0800LT for a flight planned to last around 5 minutes to Geneva airport. The temperature was -2°C and humidity was 98% with fog or low clouds. The aeroplane had been parked on the aerodrome parking area since the evening before. At 0828LT, the Geneva Air Traffic Control service gave the clearance for a VFR departure towards the Chambéry (CBY) VOR with initial climb towards 6,000 ft at a QNH of 1018 hPa. At 0830LT and 25 seconds, the accident flight CVR started. The engines were already running. Taxiing towards runway 12 started at 0836LT. The pilot started the takeoff from runway 12 at 0838LT and 25 seconds. Rotation occurred 19 seconds later. Several witnesses reported seeing the aeroplane with a high nose-up pitch attitude, with a low rate of climb. Three seconds after the rotation the « Bank Angle » warning, indicating excessive bank, and then the stall warning, was recorded several times on the CVR. Several witnesses saw the aeroplane turn sharply to the right and then to the left. Fifteen seconds after the rotation, the left main landing gear struck the roof of a house about 500 m from the threshold of runway 30 at Annemasse. The aeroplane then collided with the ground. During the impact sequence, all three elements in the landing gear and the left wing were torn away from the rest of the aeroplane. It then slid along the ground for a distance of about 100 m before hitting a garden shed, a low wall and some trees in the garden of a second house. The aeroplane caught fire and came to a stop. The pilot and the passenger seated on his right were killed. The passenger seated in the rear on the right side of the aeroplane was severely injured. Analysis of the CVR indicated that the engines were delivering power until the impact. The pilot possessed the licenses and ratings required to undertake the flight. Future steps: The safety investigation now aims to establish exactly how events unfolded. Examinations of the de-icing systems and of the on-board computers recovered from the wreckage are planned in the coming weeks. According to the NTSB, the airplane was registered to Chakibel Associates Limited and operated by Global Jet Luxembourg.
Probable cause:
Stall during initial climb due to ice accretion on fuselage, wings, empennage and stabilizers suspected.