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Date:Saturday 20 September 2003
Type:Silhouette image of generic H25B model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
British Aerospace BAe-125-700A
Operator:Star Flite Aviation
Registration: N45BP
MSN: 257026/NA219
First flight: 1978
Total airframe hrs:9781
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-3-1RH
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:24 km (15 mls) NW of Beaumont, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Houston-William P. Hobby Airport, TX (HOU/KHOU), United States of America
Destination airport:Beaumont Municipal Airport, TX (BMT/KBMT), United States of America
The training flight originated at Houston, at 17:59. The flight had been cleared by Beaumont Approach Control to a practice area between the 270 and 360 degree radials and within 20 DME of the Beaumont Vortac, and given a block of airspace between 5,000 and 7,000 feet. The pilots practiced various maneuvers under the direction of the instructor-pilot, including steep turns and approaches to stalls. Then the first pilot was asked the to demonstrate an approach-to-landing stall. Flaps were extended and the landing gear was lowered. Power was reduced to idle and the plane stalled at an altitude of 5000 feet. The crew were not able to recover and the airplane impacted marshy terrain in a nose-down, wings-level attitude.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The first pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control and adequate airspeed. Contributing factors included performing intentional stalls at too low an altitude to afford a safe recovery, the pilot's failure to add power in an attempt to recover, and the flight instructor's inadequate supervision of the flight."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Accident number: DEN03FA155
Download report: Summary report
Language: English

Loss of control

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Distance from Houston-William P. Hobby Airport, TX to Beaumont Municipal Airport, TX as the crow flies is 112 km (70 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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