Date: October 10, 2000
Time: 14:52
Location: Wichita, Kansas
Operator: Bombardier Aerospace
Flight #: ?
Route: Test flight
AC Type: Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604
Registration: C-FTBZ
cn / ln: 5991
Aboard: 3   (passengers:0  crew:3)
Fatalities: 2   (passengers:0  crew:2)
Ground: 0
Summary: The cause of this accident was the pilot's excessive takeoff rotation, during an aft center of gravity takeoff, a rearward migration of fuel during acceleration and takeoff and consequent shift in the airplane's aft c.g. to aft of the aft c.g. limit, which caused the airplane to stall at an altitude too low for recovery. Contributing to the accident were Bombardier's inadequate flight planning procedures for the Challenger flight test program and the lack of direct, on-site operational oversight by Transport Canada and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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