Date & Time: Feb 4, 2011 at 1749 LT
Type of aircraft:
Hawker 850XP
Operator:
Sky Lounge
Registration:
OD-SKY
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Executive
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Sulaymaniyah - Ankara
MSN:
258804
YOM:
2006
Country:
Iraq
Region:
Asia
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
3
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
4
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
Shortly after take off from Sulaymaniyah airport, aircraft stalled and crashed in flames 2,100 metres from airport. All seven occupants were killed, among them four employees from the Iraqi communications company Asiacell. Weather conditions at the time of the accident were as follow: 1,500 metres visibility in snow falls, overcast 3,500 feet. First accident involving a Hawker 850XP.
Probable cause:
According to Iraqi authorities, crew forgot to deice the aircraft prior to departure. It appears that wings and fuselage were contaminated by ice and snow and they have not been cleaned before take off on part of the crew. Aircraft reached an altitude of dozen metres, stalled and crashed in flames in an open field.