Accident description
Last updated: 25 October 2014
Status:Final
Date:Monday 30 January 1984
Time:13:30
Type:Learjet 24
Operator:Gee Bee Aero Inc
Registration: N44GA
C/n / msn: 24-129
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:3306
Engines: 2 General Electric CJ610-4
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Avalon, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Demonstration
Departure airport:Santa Rosa-Sonoma County Airport, CA (STS), United States of America
Destination airport:Catalina Island-Avalon Bay Airport, CA (CIB/KAVX), United States of America
Narrative:
Sales demo. Touched down 500 feet down the runway, overran and went over a 90 feet bluff. Caught fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
reason for occurrence undetermined
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
terrain condition..mountainous/hilly
improper..pilot in command
terrain condition..downhill
self-induced pressure..pilot in command
airport fire/rescue service..inadequate
pressure induced by others..other person
airport facilities,runway/landing area condition..uphill
airport facilities,runway/landing area condition..rough/uneven

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» NTSB


Follow-up / safety actions

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Distance from Santa Rosa-Sonoma County Airport, CA to Catalina Island-Avalon Bay Airport, CA as the crow flies is 687 km (429 miles).

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