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Last updated: 12 November 2019
Status:Final
Date:Friday 31 October 1969
Time:22:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic JCOM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rockwell 1121 Jet Commander
Operator:Pittston Co.
Registration: N236JP
C/n / msn: 116
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Rural Retreat, VA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), United States of America
Destination airport:Bristol, VA/Johnson City/Kingsport-Tri-Cities Regional, TN (TRI/KTRI), United States of America
Narrative:
The flight instruments were lost in IFR conditions when improper action was taken following a malfunction or failure in the 115-volt alternating current electrical system. Control was lost and the Jet Commander impacted terrain 60deg nose down.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Following a malfunction or failure in the 115-Volt alternating current electrical system, the crew did not take proper action, resulting in the loss of the pilot's flight instruments in instrument flight conditions and subsequent loss of control."

Classification:

Loss of control

Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 2 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from New York-La Guardia Airport, NY to Bristol, VA/Johnson City/Kingsport-Tri-Cities Regional, TN as the crow flies is 876 km (547 miles).

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