Gulfstream Confirms Crash of G650 Flight-Test Aircraft
SAVANNAH, Ga., April 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. confirmed today that a Gulfstream G650 crashed Saturday morning during takeoff performance tests in Roswell, New Mexico. Two Gulfstream pilots and two Gulfstream flight-test engineers died in the crash.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who were lost,” said Joe Lombardo, president, Gulfstream Aerospace.
The accident is under investigation by Gulfstream, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.
“We are cooperating 100 percent with the investigation,” Lombardo said.
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Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced more than 1,900 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150Ã‚®; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G200Ã‚®; the new large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G250Ã‚®; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G350Ã‚®; the large-cabin, long-range Gulfstream G450Ã‚®; the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G500Ã‚®; the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G550Ã‚® and the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range G650Ã‚®. Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft SalesÃ‚®. The company employs more than 10,000 people at 10 major locations. We invite you to visit our website for more information and photos of Gulfstream aircraft at www.gulfstream.com.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 90,000 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.
SOURCE Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.