Accident
Last updated: 28 November 2014
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Donnerstag 29 März 2001
Zeit:19:01
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic GLF3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Gulfstream Aerospace G-1159 Gulfstream III
Fluggesellschaft:Avjet Corp
Kennzeichen: N303GA
Werknummer: 303
Baujahr: 1980
Betriebsstunden:7266
Anzahl Zyklen der Zelle:3507
Triebwerk: 2 Rolls-Royce Spey 511-8
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 15 / Insassen: 15
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 18 / Insassen: 18
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:0,7 km (0.4 Meilen) N of Aspen Airport, CO (ASE) (   USA) show on map
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), USA
Flug nach:Aspen Airport, CO (ASE/KASE), USA
Unfallbericht:
Crashed on finals to runway 15 when it hit a hill and then plunged across a 200 foot culvert between the hill and the airport before slamming into Shale Bluff, broke up and caught fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight crew's operation of the airplane below the minimum descent altitude without an appropriate visual reference for the runway.
Contributing to the cause of the accident were the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) unclear wording of the March 27, 2001, Notice to Airmen regarding the nighttime restriction for the VOR/DME-C approach to the airport and the FAA's failure to communicate this restriction to the Aspen tower; the inability of the flight crew to adequately see the mountainous terrain because of the darkness and the weather conditions; and the pressure on the captain to land from the charter customer and because of the airplane's delayed departure and the airport's nighttime landing restriction. "

Informationsquelle:
» NTSB-AAB-02-03

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
report status: Final
report number: NTSB AAB-02-03
report released:11-JUN-2002
duration of investigation:439 days (1 year 2.5 months)
download report: Gulfstream III, N303GA, Aspen, Colorado, March 29, 2001 (NTSB AAB-02-03)
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Distance from Los Angeles International Airport, CA to Aspen Airport, CO as the crow flies is 1177 km (735 miles).

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