Accident Hawker 900XP N900VA,
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Date:Wednesday 7 February 2024
Type:Silhouette image of generic H25B model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hawker 900XP
Owner/operator:Clay Lacy Aviation opb Vici Aviation LLC
Registration: N900VA
MSN: HA-0020
Year of manufacture:2007
Engine model:Honeywell TFE731-50R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Westwater, UT -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Grand Junction Regional Airport, CO (GJT/KGJT)
Destination airport:Tacoma Narrows Airport, WA (TIW/KTIW)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On February 7, 2024, about 1048 mountain standard time, a Hawker 900XP, N900VA, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Westwater, Utah. The captain and co-pilot were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 positioning flight.

The airplane, which was operated by Vici Aviation, LLC and managed by Clay Lacy Aviation, Inc., arrived at West Star Aviation’s facility at Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT), Grand Junction, Colorado on December 20, 2023 for routine maintenance. According to preliminary information from the maintenance facility, multiple routine inspections had been completed on the airplane including a requirement to remove the wing leading edges and TKS panels to inspect for cracks and signs of corrosion. After the inspections were completed, the airplane was returned to service on February 6, 2024.

The flight crew had planned to fly the airplane from GJT to Gig Harbor, Washington on the day of the accident, during which time they would perform a stall warning and systems check in accordance with the airframe manufacturer’s requirements. These requirements, which were listed in the pilot’s operating manual, included a required altitude above 10,000 ft above ground level, 10,000 ft above clouds and below 18,000 ft mean sea level. In addition, this check flight could only be conducted during day visual meteorological conditions with a good visual horizon, with the autopilot disengaged, an operative stall identification system, the external surfaces free of ice, the ventral tank empty and weather radar on standby.

According to preliminary automatic dependent system broadcast (ADS-B) data, the airplane departed GJT at 1037 and entered a climb on a southeast heading. The flight crew asked air traffic control (ATC) for a block of altitude from FL180 to FL200 and ATC approved the request. The airplane circled to the northwest as it continued to climb and subsequently leveled off at 1043:49, near the top of the altitude block. At 1046:47 the flight track data showed the airplane begin a rapid descent in circular pattern that resembled the shape of a corkscrew. The airplane made multiple rotations before the track ceased at 1047:44.

The airplane came to rest in flat open terrain about 25 nm northwest of GJT at an elevation of about 4,800 ft mean sea level and oriented on a west heading. The airplane’s major structures were all accounted for at the accident site. A debris path was traced from the main wreckage to the end of a burn area that was about 200 ft long and 175 ft wide at the widest point, oriented on a magnetic heading of 345°. A silhouette of the left wing, fuselage and both engines was located about 10 ft south of the main wreckage.

The airplane’s flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder were both recovered from the accident site. The wreckage has also been retained for further examination.


Weather at the departure airport about the departure (1737Z) and accident time (1747Z):
KGJT 071753Z 35008KT 10SM -RA BKN037 OVC055 07/02 A2959 RMK AO2 RAE08B26 SLP994 P0000 60001 T00670017 10083 20044 51013
KGJT 071653Z 17009KT 10SM -RA BKN047 OVC085 07/00 A2957 RMK AO2 RAB37 SLP988 P0001 T00720000

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR24FA083
Status: Preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report





Hawker Beechcraft Hawker 900XP cnHA-0020 N900VA

Revision history:

07-Feb-2024 19:53 Captain Adam Added
07-Feb-2024 20:50 nhofmann54 Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Damage]
07-Feb-2024 20:56 ASN Updated [Time, Phase, Departure airport, Narrative]
07-Feb-2024 21:00 ASN Updated [Source]
07-Feb-2024 21:40 Anon. Updated [Source]
07-Feb-2024 22:48 Captain Adam Updated [Total fatalities, Destination airport, Embed code, Narrative, Category]
08-Feb-2024 08:55 ASN Updated [Embed code]
19-Feb-2024 21:00 Anon. Updated [Operator]
29-Feb-2024 10:20 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]
01-Mar-2024 18:24 ASN Updated [[Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]]

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