NTSB Report On Fatal ICON A5 Crash On Lake Berryessa
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its final report on the May 8th accident in which ICON Aircraft employees Jon Karkow and Cagri Sever lost their lives. The report outlines the flight in detail and describes a variety of factors and data, including environmental conditions, accident‐site analysis, aircraft wreckage and history, flight data recorder, GPS data, and witness statements. The final report can be found here: WPR17FA101. Through the accident, ICON Aircraft lost two valued team members, friends and ICON family members who had departed on a new employee orientation flight, that day.
The report concluded that the probable cause of the accident was “the pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from terrain while maneuvering at a low altitude. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s mistaken entry into a canyon surrounded by steep rising terrain while at a low altitude for reasons that could not be determined.” The report states the airplane appeared to be operating normally at the time of the accident and that the “postaccident examination of the airframe and engine revealed no evidence of any preexisting mechanical malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation.”
Thanking the NTSB for its professionalism and thoroughness in this investigation process; ICON Founder & CEO Kirk Hawkins stated that the concluded investigation will hopefully bring closure to the families of Jon and Cagri as well as the ICON team after the traumatic loss.
“Jon and Cagri were both extraordinary individuals and are missed tremendously. Cagri had recently joined ICON as a star engineering leader from Ford Motor Company. Jon was a legendary aircraft designer, test pilot, and unsung hero in aviation. He was a founding member of the ICON team, the lead aero engineer on the A5, and a core part of ICON’s DNA. The A5 not only reflects his genius, it represents his love for flying in its purest form–it was his final gift to aviation. The ICON family is committed to carrying the flag forward in Jon and Cagri’s honor.”
Memorials for both Jon and Cagri were held in the weeks after the accident. ICON also created a page dedicated to Jon on its website iconaircraft.com/jonkarkow