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The former Clinton and Obama official who died on a private jet did so because that aircraft – owned by her husband’s company – had controls malfunction and not, as originally thought, due to turbulence.
Also an alumnus of The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States – better known as the 9/11 Commission – Dana J. Hyde’s died in the incident on March 3.
Hyde, 55, was one of five onboard the DC-bound aircraft, which was forced to divert to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. Others onboard included Hyde’s husband, Jonathan Chambers, and son, as well as two crew members – all of whom survived.
The National Transportation Safety Board didn’t reach any conclusions in its preliminary report on the main cause of the deadly March 3 accident, but it described a series of things that went wrong before and after the plane swooped out of control.
Confronted with several alerts in the cockpit of the Bombardier jet, pilots followed a checklist and turned off a switch that ‘trims’ or adjusts the stabilizer on the plane´s tail, the report said.
Dana J. Hyde (pictured right), a former Clinton and Obama official who died on a private jet did so because that aircraft – owned by her husband’s company – had controls malfunction and not, as originally thought, due to turbulence
The plane’s nose then swept upward, subjecting the people inside to forces about four times the force of gravity, then pointed lower before again turning upward before pilots could regain control, the report said.
The family had reportedly been heading back to their home in Cabin John, Maryland when the plane started to rise abruptly following multiple cockpit alerts.
Pilots told investigators they did not encounter turbulence, as the NTSB had said in an initial assessment the day after the incident.
The jet was owned by Conexon LLC, a rural broadband company where Chambers is a partner.
The company provides high-speed internet service to rural communities. Prior to joining the company, Chambers was also once a prominent figure in Washington, working in the U.S. Senate as a Republican staff director and later as the Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning for the FCC.
The trim system of the Bombardier Challenger 300 twin-engine jet was the subject of a Federal Aviation Administration mandate last year that pilots conduct extra safety checks before flights.
Bombardier did not respond directly to the report’s contents, saying in a statement that it was ‘carefully studying’ it. In a previous statement, the Canadian manufacturer said it stood behind its Challenger 300 jets and their airworthiness.
‘We will continue to fully support and provide assistance to all authorities as needed,’ the company said Friday.
Hyde, meanwhile, worked as a part-time consultant to the DC-based think tank Aspen Institute, a gathering of leaders throughout various industries who strive to solve some of the world’s most prevailing issues.
In the role, Hyde served as co-chair of the Aspen Partnership for an Inclusive Economy (APIE), which, according to the agency’s website, ‘works to bridge the gaps between the people who deserve more inclusive systems and standards and the people who set them.’
The plane had been traveling from Keene, New Hampshire, before diverting to Bradley, where the high-profile attorney was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead.
Officials said Hyde was immediately transported to Saint Francis Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut, after the plane landed Friday, where she was pronounced dead that evening.
No one else was injured in the incident, with officials confirming that both Chambers and one of the couple’s two children were on board at the time of the emergency landing.
Also an alumnus of The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States – also known as the 9/11 Commission – Dana J. Hyde’s name was released by Connecticut cops investigating the incident on Monday
Others onboard the plane (pictured here Friday following the emergency landing, included Hyde’s husband and son, as well as two crew members – all of whom survived. The family had been heading back to their home in Cabin John, Maryland when the turbulence unexpectedly hit
The private aircraft belonged to an internet company headed by Hyde’s husband Jonathan Chambers, who also previously worked as a White House stagger and was onboard the flight with one of the pair’s sons. Both survived without any injuries, officials said
Hyde, once a prominent figure in Washington, is seen signing the $375million Benin Power Compact in September 2015 in the presence of Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi and then Vice President Joe Biden
‘We can confirm that the aircraft was owned by Conexon and that Dana Hyde was the wife of Conexon partner Jonathan Chambers,’ company spokesperson Abby Carere said in an email Monday.
‘Jonathan and his son were on the flight also and not injured in the incident. ‘
According to Flight Aware data, the plane made the reverse journey from Leesburg to Dillant/Hopkins Thursday at approximately 3:49 PM.
At that point, Connecticut State Troopers responded to a medical assist call centered around the internet service provider’s private jet, with Hyde subsequently transported to the area hospital via ambulance.
Bradley International is around 70 miles from Keene, New Hampshire, where the plane took initially took off.
‘On 03/03/2023, at approximately 3:49 PM, Connecticut State Troopers responded to a medical assist call at Bradley International Airport. One patient was subsequently transported to an area hospital via ambulance,’ a Connecticut State Police spokesperson told DailyMail.com.
‘Our agency is assisting as needed; however, the NTSB and the FBI are investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. For further information please contact those agencies directly.’
Flight data shows the plane, a Bombardier Challenger 300, reached a peak altitude of 26,000 feet before suddenly descending after traveling south along the Connecticut River before landing around 3:45 pm.
The plane was bound for Leesburg Executive Airport in the DC suburbs, where the family lived
It was unclear if Hyde was belted in her seat or up and about, in the cabin of the jet owned by Conexon, based in Kansas City, Missouri. Her husband and their son, along with the pilot and co-pilot, were not injured in the incident, the report said.
A representative of Conexon, a company specializing in rural internet, declined to comment Friday.
John Cox, a former airline pilot and now a safety consultant, said ‘there are definitely issues’ with the pilots´ pre-flight actions, but he said they reacted correctly when they followed the checklist for responding to trim failure.
The flight crew was comprised of two experienced pilots with 5,000 and 8,000 hours of flying time, and held ratings needed to fly for an airline. But both were relatively new to the model of aircraft, earning their ratings last October.
The FAA issued its directive about Bombardier Challenger 300 jets last year after multiple instances in which the horizontal stabilizer on the aircrafts caused the nose of the plane to turn down after the pilot tried to make the aircraft climb.