Il membro del National Transportation Safety Board Michael Graham ha detto che l'aereo è partito 1,200 piedi (365 metri) di segni di pneumatici sulla pista dell'aeroporto esecutivo di Houston nel Brookshire, Texas, martedì.
“There was a heavy braking event, which appears to be an aborted takeoff, so we do know that the brakes were effectively working before the aircraft exited the runway,” Graham said at a briefing.
Graham did not speculate about why the pilots applied the brakes or why they were unable to stop the McDonnell Douglas MD-87. Egli ha detto investigatori are interviewing the two pilots and the aircraft’s mechanic.
Graham also said investigators are reviewing video that appears to show a puff of smoke coming from one of the two engines as the plane sped down the runway.
The plane was consumed by flames and left a burned-out relitto, but all 21 people on board escaped and only two of them suffered minor injuries, according to the board. The plane was owned by an investment firm in the Houston area and the firm’s owner was on the plane.
The NTSB recovered the plane’s flight recorders and has begun analyzing them at its lab in Washington.
The board typically takes 12 per 18 months to issue a final report and determine the cause of an accident.