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NTSB DETERMINES THAT FAILURE TO EXECUTE PUBLISHED INSTRUMENT APPROACH PROCEDURE CAUSED HENDRICK MOTORSPORT PLANE CRASH



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                      NTSB PRESS RELEASE
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National Transportation Safety Board
Washington, DC 20594

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 7, 2006

SB-06-07

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NTSB DETERMINES THAT FAILURE TO EXECUTE PUBLISHED INSTRUMENT 
APPROACH PROCEDURE CAUSED HENDRICK MOTORSPORT PLANE CRASH 

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Washington, DC -- The National Transportation Safety Board 
determined today that the probable cause of the crash of a 
Beech King Air operated by Hendrick Motorsports in Stuart, 
Virginia was the flight crew's failure to properly execute 
the published instrument approach procedure.  Contributing 
to the cause of the accident was the crew's failure to use 
all navigational aids to confirm and monitor the airplane's 
position during the approach.

On October 12, 2004, a Beech King Air aircraft transporting 
eight passengers, including Hendrick Motorsports employees, 
and two flight crewmembers collided with mountainous terrain 
during a missed approach to Martinsville/Blue Ridge Airport, 
Martinsville, Virginia.  All 10 persons aboard the airplane 
died and the aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a 
post crash fire.    

The flight departed Concord Regional Airport, Concord, North 
Carolina, operating on instrument flight rules.  Radar data 
shows that, after the plane was cleared for landing for a 
localizer runway 30 approach at Martinsville Airport, the 
plane did not descend at the proper point.  About seven 
miles beyond the airport, the airplane initiated a straight-
ahead climb.  The airplane's radar target was lost.  

The missed approach should have occurred over the 
Martinsville Airport by executing a climbing right turn.  
The airplane was not equipped with a ground proximity 
warning system.

"The approach and missed approach procedures provide for 
safe operation in instrument weather conditions," said NTSB 
Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker.  "It is imperative that 
pilots use all available navigational aids to ensure that 
the approach is properly flown." 
A synopsis of the report can be found on the Board's 
website, www.ntsb.gov.

Contact:                Terry N. Williams
                        202-314-6100
                        williat@xxxxxxxx 
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