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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 11 January 1995
Time:01:49 PST
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 35
Operator:Canada Jet Charters
Registration: C-GPUN 
C/n / msn: 35-058
First flight: 1976
Total airframe hrs:11676
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-2-2B
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:15 km (9.4 mls) NW off Masset Airport, BC (ZMT) (   Canada)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Ambulance
Departure airport:Vancouver International Airport, BC (YVR/CYVR), Canada
Destination airport:Masset Airport, BC (ZMT/CZMT), Canada
Narrative:
The crew most likely conducted the runway 12 instrument approach to Masset with reference to an unintentionally mis-set altimeter of 30.17 in. Hg, and unknowingly flew the aircraft into the water. The aircraft was on a medevac flight from Vancouver.

Probable Cause:

CAUSES: "The crew most likely conducted the instrument approach with reference to an unintentionally mis-set altimeter of 30.17 in. Hg, and unknowingly flew the aircraft into the water. The circumstances leading to the incorrect altimeter setting could not be determined, nor was it determined why the crew did not detect the mis-set altimeter."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: TSB Canada
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 12 months
Accident number: TSB Report A95P0004
Download report: Final report

Classification:

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Vancouver International Airport, BC to Masset Airport, BC as the crow flies is 812 km (507 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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