Narrative:The inexperienced captain continued the unstabilized runway 1R ILS approach and descended below the authorized altitude without visual contact. The Learjet struck trees and crashed 0,8nm short of the Dulles runway threshold.
|Date:||Saturday 18 June 1994|
|C/n / msn:|| 25-223|
|First flight:|| 1977|
|Total airframe hrs:||6118|
|Engines:|| 2 General Electric CJ610-6|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10|
|Total:||Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Chantilly, VA (United States of America)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||New Orleans-Lakefront Airport, LA (NEW/KNEW), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Washington-Dulles International Airport, DC (IAD/KIAD), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The poor decisionmaking, poor airmanship, and relative inexperience of the captain in initiating and continuing an unstabilized instrument approach that led to a descent below the authorized altitude without visual contact with the runway environment. Contributing to the cause of the accident was the lack of a ground proximity warning system on the airplane."
Follow-up / safety actions
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Distance from New Orleans-Lakefront Airport, LA to Washington-Dulles International Airport, DC as the crow flies is 1507 km (942 miles).