ASN Aircraft accident Learjet 23 N804LJ Jackson, MI
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 21 October 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 23
Operator:Lear Jet Corp.
Registration: N804LJ
MSN: 23-015
First flight: 1965
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:13 km (8.1 mls) ENE of Jackson, MI (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW/KDTW), United States of America
Destination airport:Wichita (unknown airport), KS, United States of America
The Learjet 23 was operated by the Lear Jet Corporation to transport a company official from Wichita, Kansas to Detroit, Michigan, USA. The company official remained in Detroit.
Following a weather briefing, the crew filed an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight plan for the return trip to Wichita. They estimated a time en route of 2:40 hours with 3:30 hours of fuel on board, and requested a cruising altitude of Flight Level (FL) 410.
N804LJ departed on runway 03L at 19:25. At 1931 the flight reported level at FL 250. At 19:32 they were assigned a new frequency for communications with Cleveland ARTCC. The acknowledgement of the new frequency was the last transmission received from
The aircraft entered a steep descent out of FL250 and impacted the ground near Jackson, Michigan.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A loss of adequate attitude reference resulting from AC electrical power failure under night, turbulent conditions."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report

Electrical system problem
Loss of control



photo of Learjet-23-N804LJ
accident date: 21-10-1965
type: Learjet 23
registration: N804LJ
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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