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Accident description
Last updated: 25 June 2016
Status:
Date:Friday 16 December 1988
Type:Learjet 24B
Operator:Crown Center Aviation
Registration: N234CM
C/n / msn: 24-214
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Cuatro Ciénegas (   Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Memphis International Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), United States of America
Destination airport:Dallas-Addison Airport, TX (ADS/KADS), United States of America
Narrative:
The Learjet 24B, N234CM, departed Memphis International Airport, TN bound for Dallas-Addison Airport, Texas with two crew aboard, including NASA astronaut-candidate Susan Reynolds. The aircraft continued past Addison and was then intercepted by an Air Force Northrop T-38 Talon but the pilot was unable to contact the crew. He reported that the cockpit windows appeared to have frost on the inside. The Learjet entered Mexican airspace and flew on until the fuel was exhausted. It entered a spin and crashed near Cuatro Ciénegas.

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Memphis International Airport, TN to Dallas-Addison Airport, TX as the crow flies is 668 km (418 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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