Date & Time: May 5, 2005 at 0914 LT
Type of aircraft:
Rockwell Gulfstream 690D Jetprop 900
Douglas R. Reichardt
Landing (descent or approach)
North Las Vegas – San Diego
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Aircraft flight hours:
The passenger flying the airplane made a hard landing after the pilot had experienced an incapacitating cardiac event. Shortly after takeoff the pilot turned the plane around to return to the departure airport. He started coughing and then went unconscious. The passenger in the right seat, who had no piloting experience, took control of the airplane and made several landing attempts. During the fourth landing attempt he stalled the airplane at a low altitude. The airplane impacted terrain, landing flat on its belly a few hundred feet short of the runway. The autopsy report attributed the pilot's cause of death to arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
The incapacitation of the pilot.