The National Transportation Safety Board reported that a business jet carrying an ex-White House official flipped up and down in midair. This caused her death. Pilots had turned off the system that stabilizes the plane.
Pilots observed several warnings about system failures in the aircraft's flight control while it was traveling from Keene (NH) to Leesburg (VA) on March 3. They followed steps on a checklist that advised them to disable a switch that controls the stabilizer function of the aircraft.
According to the report, the switch caused the nose of plane to swing up when it was switched off. N.T.S.B. reports that the plane pointed down, then jerked up again in a roller coaster-like motion. A pilot was then able to regain control by using both his hands. said.
According to the report, the plane abruptly pitched up as soon as the switch position had been moved. According to one of the pilots, the plane oscillated for a few seconds.
A passenger informed crew members that Dana Hyde, a former White House official and 55-year-old from Cabin John, Md. had been injured shortly after the incident. After the plane landed, Ms. Hyde was taken to the hospital by a passenger who was a senior adviser in the State Department under President Barack Obama. She also served as counsel on 9/11 Commission.
According to authorities, she died from her injuries in hospital.
According to the report, the forces exerted on the passengers aboard the Bombardier Challenger 300 were four times stronger than gravity.
Initial reports stated that the plane experienced'severe turbulence'. However, the report states that the crew told investigators they didn't experience any unusual turbulence on the flight.
The plane was diverted to Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, Conn.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued an instruction to Bombardier Challenger 300 pilots last year, directing them to perform additional safety checks before flying. According to the F.A.A., there were several reports that horizontal stabilizers caused planes' noses to tilt downwards when pilots attempted to climb. This led to the directive. In June of last year.
Bombardier stated in a Sunday statement that it was "deeply saddened" by the tragic incident. It also added, "We extend our sincerest condolences to all those who were affected by this accident."
Bombardier stated that it was examining the N.T.S.B.'s preliminary report.
Jonathan Chambers, Ms. Hyde’s husband, stated in a statement that they were flying home with their son, their younger, on that day after visiting schools in New England. When their plane suddenly 'convulsed in such a way that violently threw them all.
Dana was "the best person I've ever known," he stated, adding that Dana 'never forgot about her roots in small-town eastern Oregonian."
Columbia University says that Ms. Hyde was an assistant special to the deputy attorney General during the Clinton administration. Later, she was the associate director of Office of Management and Budget under the Obama administration. She was also instrumental in the creation of the African Leadership University, and she worked for Jerusalem Venture Partners (a venture capital company). Her husband stated, "That's a real portfolio."
Chambers stated that his wife was a 'wonderful mother to our boys'
Ms. Hyde's son, Mr. Chamber, delivered a eulogy to his mother. He said that it was wrong to live each day as if it were your last.