Pilot blames Teterboro jet crash on equipment malfunction
(02/04/05) HASBROUCK HEIGHTS ? The pilot of a small plane that crashed into a warehouse Wednesday in Teterboro told NTSB investigators that a mechanical problem prevented him from getting the plane airborne.
Pilot John Kimberling said from his hospital bed that an important piece of equipment used to help the plane gain altitude was not working properly during takeoff. According to an NTSB spokesperson, the pilot said he was only able to get the aircraft one inch off the ground.
The pilot went on to tell investigators that he hit the brakes and engaged the reverse thrusters when he realized something was wrong. A member of the pilot?s legal staff says their client tried to steer the jet away from as many people and vehicles as possible.
The small corporate jet went off the runway at Teterboro Airport, skidded across Route 46 and smashed into a nearby clothing warehouse. Twenty people were injured as a result of the accident.
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