Gulfstream IDs 4 killed in NM crash of test flight

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Posted: Apr 03, 2011 6:17 PM
Gulfstream IDs 4 killed in NM crash of test flight

Gulfstream have identified the four employees killed in a fiery crash of a test twin-engine luxury business aircraft at a southern New Mexico airport.

Officials with the Georgia-based plane company say the four that died Saturday were test pilots 64-year-old Kent Crenshaw and 51-year-old Vivan Ragusa; and technical specialists 47-year-old David McCollum and 48-year-old Reece Ollenburg.

They were from Savannah, where the company is based.

The company says the team aboard the Gulfstream G650 was conducting takeoff-performance tests at Roswell International Air Center at the time of the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause.

Gulfstream reportedly began taking orders on the nearly $60 million G650 jets in April 2010, with delivery expected next year.