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Accident description
Last updated: 7 October 2015
Date:Saturday 19 October 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 835 Viscount
Operator:Ray Charles Enterprises
Registration: N923RC
C/n / msn: 320
First flight: 1959
Total airframe hrs:11707
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Dart 525
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 26
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 28
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bloomington Airport, IN (BMG) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 258 m (846 feet) amsl
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Lexington-Blue Grass Airport, KY (LEX/KLEX), United States of America
Destination airport:Bloomington Airport, IN (BMG/KBMG), United States of America
Following a runway 35 ILS approach touchdown was hard at one third down the runway. The Viscount hydroplaned off the runway and went down an embankment.
It appeared that flight attendants were not properly trained and that the safety briefing cards were inadequate.

"Proper touchdown point .. exceeded .. pilot in command
Visual/aural perception .. pilot in command
In-flight planning/decision .. improper .. pilot in command
Missed approach .. not performed .. pilot in command
Weather condition .. tailwind
Weather condition .. fog
Weather condition .. rain
Window, flight compartment window/windshield .. dirty(foggy)
Airport facilities, runway/landing area condition .. wet
Aircraft performance, hydroplaning condition .. water
Terrain condition .. rough/uneven
Terrain condition .. downhill
Passenger briefing .. inadequate .. flight attendant
Inadequate training(emergency procedure(s)) .. flight attendant
Information unclear .. company/operator management"

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Distance from Lexington-Blue Grass Airport, KY to Bloomington Airport, IN as the crow flies is 212 km (133 miles).

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