ASN Aircraft accident Grumman G-159 Gulfstream I N861H Le Center, MN
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 11 July 1967
Type:Silhouette image of generic G159 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman G-159 Gulfstream I
Operator:Honeywell Inc.
Registration: N861H
MSN: 147
First flight: 1964
Total airframe hrs:1937
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 529-8X
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:8 km (5 mls) SE of Le Center, MN (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN (MSP/KMSP), United States of America
Destination airport:Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN (MSP/KMSP), United States of America
The Gulfstream departed Minneapolis at 10:34 CDT for a company pilot training flight in clear weather. An engine fire forced the crew to request emergency radar vectors for Le Center. The no. 2 engine was seen emitting smoke and flames, followed by an explosion in the engine. The aircraft lost control and crashed in flames into a bean field, striking the ground right wing down and disintegrating along a northwest ground path, 1,220 feet long and 264 feet wide.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Overtemperaturing of both engines, in-flight fire and explosion caused by the 'Z' relay in the propeller automatic cruise pitch retraction system."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-68-AA
Download report: Final report

Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 2 Safety Recommendations

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