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Accident description
Last updated: 23 April 2018
Date:Sunday 20 March 1994
Type:Silhouette image of generic CL60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 601-3A
Operator:Crystal Aviation
Registration: N88HA 
C/n / msn: 5072 
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:1109
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bassett-Rock, NE (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Burlington International Airport, VT (BTV/KBTV), United States of America
Destination airport:Long Beach Municipal Airport, CA (LGB/KLGB), United States of America
Both engines lost power at FL410; forced landing in a field, striking an irrigation structure and trees. Improper refueling by FBO personnel at Lawrence, MA caused the Challenger to depart with water contaminated fuel.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot in command's inadequate planning/decision making and inadequate preflight inspection after receiving a load of contaminated fuel. Related factors are the contaminated fuel, improper refueling by FBO personnel, and the dark night light conditions."



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Distance from Burlington International Airport, VT to Long Beach Municipal Airport, CA as the crow flies is 3974 km (2484 miles).

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