- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: January 12, 2007
Time: 11:00
Location: Van Nuys, California
Operator: SunQuest Executive Air Charter
Flight #: ?
Route: Van Nuys - Long Beach
AC Type: Cessna Citation 525
Registration: N77215
cn / ln: 525-0149
Aboard: 2   (passengers:0  crew:2)
Fatalities: 2   (passengers:0  crew:2)
Ground: 0
Summary: The business jet crashed about a half-mile north of a runway while attempting to take off for a positioning flight to Long Beach. The plane had an emergency on board and was trying to return to the airport. Both the pilot and copilot were killed. The pilot's failure to maintain an adequate airspeed during the initial climb resulting in an inadvertent stall/spin. Contributing to the accident were the second pilots inadequate preflight, failure to properly secure the front baggage door, and the front left baggage door opening in flight, which likely distracted the first pilot.
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