Accident description
Last updated: 25 October 2014
Status:Final
Date:Friday 16 January 1987
Time:06:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208 Caravan I
Operator:California Air Charter
Registration: N9613F
C/n / msn: 208-00106
First flight: 1986
Total airframe hrs:126
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cima, CA (   United States of America) show on map
Crash site elevation: 2000 m (6562 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Ontario International Airport, CA (ONT/KONT), United States of America
Destination airport:Las Vegas-North Air Terminal, NV (VGT/KVGT), United States of America
Narrative:
While on a VFR flight from Ontario (ONT) to Las Vegas (VGT), the aircraft collided with mountainous terrain near the top of a 6500 feet (2000 m) high peak. Radar data showed that approx 20 min before the accident, the aircraft began a gradual descent from about FL100. This inadvertent descent was possibly caused by pilot fatigue (lack of sleep).

PROBABLE CAUSE:
"Altitude .. not maintained .. pilot in command
Descent .. inadvertent .. pilot in command
Fatigue(lack of sleep) .. pilot in command
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
Terrain condition .. mountainous/hilly"

Classification:
Insufficient rest / fatigue
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Ontario International Airport, CA to Las Vegas-North Air Terminal, NV as the crow flies is 322 km (201 miles).

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