Jack Roush Crashes Private Jet At Oshkosh (2010)

On July 27, 2010, approximately 1816 central daylight time, a Hawker Beechcraft model 390 (Premier IA) business jet, N6JR, registered to and operated by Roush Fenway Racing and piloted by Jack Roush, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during landing at runway 18R, Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The airline transport certificated pilot (Jack Roush) and his passenger – an employee who stated at the time that she flew with Mr. Roush about four times a week – were seriously injured.

Roush was flying to Oshkosh to attend the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture 2010 fly-in convention. Air traffic control data indicated that the accident flight entered the Oshkosh area under VFR and was cleared to land on runway 18R.

This video shows Roush's plane in its left base turn to final for runway 18R, through the point where the jet's right wing stalled and the aircraft entered a right bank, striking the grass area west of the runway in a nose down, right wing low attitude.

Stunned for a minute, Roush did not remember to turn off his jet's engines and they continued to run after the crash. Once he shut off their fuel flow, however, emergency personnel boarded his aircraft and assisted Roush and his passenger out. They were both transported to the hospital for treatment of serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Roush, 68 at the time of the accident, nearly lost his life in a 2002 crash when his plane struck power lines. At the time of this crash in 2010 Roush had logged more than 9,000 hours as a pilot.

A large collection of investigatory material from the NTSB and other agencies is available at tiny.cc/roushcrash. One highlight is a complete transcript of the NTSB's interview with Roush. The interview transcript reveals that Roush's recollection of the events following his crash are… well… wrong. (I have not seen that noted anywhere else.)

For one striking example, page 31 line 25 has Jack stating that following the crash he walked back into the fuselage of his jet and found that "the cabin was intact, completely intact."

Not quite…


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