Date & Time: Apr 26, 2003 at 1005 LT
Type of aircraft:
Sino Swearingen SJ30-2
Operator:
Registration:
N138BF
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Test
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
San Antonio-San Antonio
MSN:
SJ-30-0002
YOM:
2000
Flight number:
SSAC231
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
12000
Captain / Total hours on type:
625
Aircraft flight hours:
284
Circumstances:
While performing a test flight to obtain the last certification and cruising at 30,000 feet, the aircraft made a left turn before it dove into the ground. The aircraft had a total of 315 flying hours and the pilot 12,000 hours in total. The NTSB said that this kind of aircraft recorded several technical problems during last test flights.