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Last updated: 22 March 2019
Date:Friday 13 September 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic JCOM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rockwell 1121 Jet Commander
Registration: N148E
C/n / msn: 22
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Hollywood-Burbank Airport, CA (BUR) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Santa Monica Airport, CA (SMO/KSMO), United States of America
Destination airport:Hollywood-Burbank Airport, CA (BUR/KBUR), United States of America
A Rockwell 1121 Jet Commander corporate jet, registered N148E, was destroyed when it crashed while on approach to Hollywood-Burbank Airport, CA (BUR). Both pilots were killed and a woman in a car was killed when the car was struck by debris.
The airplane departed Santa Monica Airport, CA (SMO) on a short 30-mile positioning flight to Burbank to pick up three vice-presidents of the Technicolor company. The crew lost control of the airplane after entering wake vortices of a preceding aircraft (separation approx. 3 min 15 seconds). The jet struck power lines, contacted a building and broke up.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "miscellaneous - vortex turbulence"


Loss of control

» Lodi News-Sentinel - Sep 12, 1968


photo of Rockwell 1121 Jet Commander N148E
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Distance from Santa Monica Airport, CA to Hollywood-Burbank Airport, CA as the crow flies is 22 km (14 miles).

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