Accident description
Last updated: 22 July 2014
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 16 December 1969
Time:06:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic JCOM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rockwell 1121B Jet Commander
Operator:American Smelting and Refining Co.
Registration: N403M
C/n / msn: 132
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Salt Lake City, UT (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Salt Lake City International Airport, UT (SLC/KSLC), United States of America
Destination airport:Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA (SEA/KSEA), United States of America
Narrative:
Lifted off prematurely during takeoff. The aircraft stalled and crashed. Pilot fatigue was a factor.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - premature lift-off
pilot in command - failed to obtain/maintain flying speed
pilot in command - physical impairment
miscellaneous acts, conditions - pilot fatigue
miscellaneous acts, conditions - improperly loaded aircraft-weight-and/or c.g.
FACTOR(S)
weather - icing conditions-includes sleet, freezing rain,etc.
weather - obstructions to vision
weather briefing - briefed by flight service personnel, by phone
weather forecast - forecast substantially correct

Classification:
Insufficient rest / fatigue
Loss of control

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Salt Lake City International Airport, UT to Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA as the crow flies is 1099 km (687 miles).

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