Gaithersburg Crash

NTSB Points to De-icing in Gaithersburg Crash

January 20, 2016

Three healthcare professionals, a mother and her two young children were killed on December 8, 2014, when an Embraer EMB-500 Phenom 100 stalled and crashed into a house 3/4 miles short of the runway at Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

An NTSB report released on January 19, 2016 noted that the stall characteristics exhibited by the plane during the approach are consistent with an ice-contaminated airplane. Although the plane was equipped with an engine anti-ice system and a wing and stabilizer de-ice system, investigators found that the wing/stabilizer de-icing switch was not activated.