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Accident description
Last updated: 26 August 2016
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 9 February 1975
Time:17:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic BA11 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
BAC One-Eleven 401AK
Operator:Jet Travel
Registration: N711ST
C/n / msn: 058
First flight: 1966
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 38
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 44
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:South Lake Tahoe Airport, CA (TVL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Lake Tahoe Airport, CA (TVL/KTVL), United States of America
Destination airport:Denver (unknown airport), CO, United States of America
Narrative:
Departure from Lake Tahoe had to be delayed by 1 hour because of de-icing procedures and snow removal at the airport. Takeoff clearance was received at 17:55. At 1610 m into the takeoff run the left gear struck a snow-drift. The aircraft swerved off the left side of the runway and came to rest 66 m left of the runway. The nosegear and right wing were torn off. Weather at the time of the accident was bad: ceiling 30 m indefinite, sky obscured, visibility 200 m with heavy snow and a temperature of -0,6 deg. C.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - initiated flight in adverse weather conditions
copilot - failed to maintain directional control
FACTORS:
pilot in command - misused or failed to use flaps
personnel - airport supervisory personnel: improper/inadequate snow removal
airports/airways/facilities - airport conditions: snow on runway
weather - low ceiling
weather - snow

Sources:
» NTSB


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