Date & Time: Nov 30, 2004 at 1956 LT
Type of aircraft:
MBB HFB-320 Hansa Jet
Operator:
Registration:
N604GA
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Positioning
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Saint Louis-Toledo
MSN:
1037
YOM:
1969
Flight number:
GAE604
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
11500
Captain / Total hours on type:
2500
Aircraft flight hours:
6875
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Chesterfield-Spirit of Saint Louis airport, the aircraft lost height and crashed in Howell island located a few miles from airport. Both pilots were killed when the aircraft struck a tree. Weather conditions at the time of the accident were as follow : low visibility due to fog and light snow. It is the first accident of a Hansa Jet since 20 years. Elevator control cables were installed in the opposite way.