July 16th, 2012|
July 16, 2012
A 1987 Grumman G-1159 Gulfstream G-IV crashed Friday while landing at Le Castellet Airport in France, reports the Examiner. The accident killed all three people aboard.
The business jet was carrying a 60 year old male pilot, a 24 year old first year officer, and a 30 year old female flight attendant, all United States citizens.
There were no other passengers aboard the aircraft, and no one on the ground was injured when the plane overshot the end of the runway and broke into two sections.
Preliminary reports say that the plane lost a wing during landing and was engulfed in flames. Sixty firefighters answered the call to put out the fire.
Le Castellet Airport is a large private facility on the French Riviera. Prominent stars such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie live in the region.
The $36 million 16 passenger aircraft was acquired by the U.S. headquartered certified Federal Aviation Administration air carrier early in 2011 as part of its executive fleet.
Universal Jet Aviation has been in business since 1995 providing executive aviation services to clients of Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, and celebrities.
An investigation of this crash will be conducted by Universal Jet Aviation, the French aviation authorities, as well as by the National Transportation Safety Board.