Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics recently identified the four employees who lost their lives during a test flight on board a Gulfstream G650 Saturday April 2nd 2011. The prototype aircraft that crashed in the desert of Roswell ,New Mexico was being piloted by Kent Crenshaw, 64 and Vivan Ragusa, 51 assisted by technical specialists David McCollum, 47 and Reece Ollenburg, 48 all from Savannah, Georgia.
The Gulfstream G650 that crashed was conducting a test flight for the newest member of a long family of business jets. The G650 is designed to deliver superior flight performance with a 7,000 nm (12,964 km) extended range flying at a Mach 0.925 speed while accommodating eight passengers and a crew of four. The manufacturer offers a choice of up 12 standard floor plans furnishing although custom tailored floor designs are optional. The aircraft high performance is made possible by its two 16,100 lb (71.6 kN) thrust Rolls Royce engines. The Honeywell-based Planeview II all-glass cockpit with four 14” wide screens flight deck is standard and supplemented by the Enhanced Vision System EVS II Heads-Up-Display. The Required Navigation Performance (RNP) avionics feature improves precision navigation capabilities with more direct time-saving approaches. A National Transportation Safety Board factual report will be available shortly.