According to NBC News, a new report reveals the details of the business jet incident, earlier this month, that resulted in the death of a former official of the Obama administration.
The report was released on Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The incident took place on March 3.
According to Fox Business, a "[Bombardier] Challenger 300 plane, operated by the Missouri-based Conexon LLC, was traveling from Keene, New Hampshire, to Leesburg, Virginia, before diverting to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut."
There were two pilots and three passengers aboard the aircraft. One of those passengers was 55-year-old Dana Hyde of Cabin John, Maryland. Hyde, a prominent attorney, had spent time in both the administrations of former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Hyde, as a result of an in-flight incident that occurred on March 3, aboard the Challenger 300, died. The death was, specifically, the result of blunt force injuries that Hyde suffered.
It was not until Friday's release of the report that the public was told exactly what led to Hyde's death. Previously, only a preliminary report was released, and it was sparse in details.
The new report, however, does reveal many more details about the March 3 incident.
NBC News reports:
Confronted with several alerts in the cockpit of the Bombardier jet, pilots followed a checklist and turned off a switch that “trims” or adjusts the stabilizer on the plane’s tail, the report said. The plane’s nose then swept upward, subjecting the people inside to forces about four times the force of gravity, then pointed lower before again turning upward before pilots could regain control, the report said.
What caused the alerts remains unclear. The pilots have told investigators that they were not encountering turbulence, which was one of the theories that had previously been suggested.
Fox Business, however, reports:
Last year, the Federal Aviation Administration instructed pilots flying the same model of Bombardier aircraft to take extra preflight measures after trim problems had been reported.
Thus far, Bombardier is maintaining that the aircraft was not the problem.
The Canadian-based jet manufacturer has said that it will continue to cooperate with federal investigators in the matter but that it will also launch an investigation of its own into what happened on March 3.
Regarding the death of Hyde, Bombardier put out a statement, saying, "Bombardier is deeply saddened by this tragic event. We extend our sincerest sympathies to all those affected by this accident."