The pilot of a private jet that crashed and burned last year, killing a passenger, came into an airport at a bad angle and overshot the runway, federal investigators concluded.
Parviz Razavian made an "unstabilized approach" to Cable Airport on the night of June 24, 2006, according to a final report from the National Transportation Safety Board.
Data from the 10-seat Cessna 560 twin-engine jet showed that two
automatic "sink rate" warnings sounded as the plane was landing, the last coming 11 seconds before it touched down, the board said in its report adopted on July 25.
Razavian landed too far down the runway and would have needed an
additional 765 to 2,217 feet to stop safely, the report said.
Instead, the jet came to rest about 850 off the runway in a field, where it burst into flames.
Razavian, his wife and his daughter were burned and his wife later died.
The report said Razavian used reverse thrusters to slow the plane after touching down but then tried to restore forward power, possibly in an attempt to abort the landing.
The Claremont man told investigators he did not remember any events surrounding the accident.
Two pilots normally are required to fly the Cessna 560 jet. but Razavian had obtained a waiver two months before the crash.