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Last updated: 20 October 2020
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:vendredi 31 octobre 1969
Heure:22:10
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic JCOM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rockwell 1121 Jet Commander
Compagnie:Pittston Co.
Immatriculation: N236JP
Numéro de série: 116
Année de Fabrication: 1967
Heures de vol:746
Moteurs: 2 General Electric CJ610-1
Equipage:victimes: 2 / à bord: 2
Passagers:victimes: 1 / à bord: 1
Total:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Rural Retreat, VA (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Affaires
Aéroport de départ:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Bristol, VA/Johnson City/Kingsport-Tri-Cities Regional, TN (TRI/KTRI), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Détails:
The Pittston Company's Jet Commander 1121, N236JF, on a flight from LaGuardia Airport, New York, to Tri-City Airport, Johnson City, Tennessee, crashed while descending on a radar vector to the final approach course at Tri-City. The crew of two and the one passenger aboard the aircraft were fatally injured.
The aircraft made contact with the ground 2450 feet above sea level while in an approximately 60 degree nosedown wings-level attitude.
The impact site was about 2 miles northeast of Mountain Empire Airport, Rural Retreat, Virginia. The impact crater was 25 feet in diameter at the top, with a depth of about 18 feet. The left aileron was the only large piece of the aircraft that was visible in the crater. The remainder of the wreckage was below the loose dirt at the 9-foot level or strewn forward along both sides of a wreckage path that extended 500 feet beyond the crater.

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."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Accident number: NTSB-AAR-70-22
Download report: Final report


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Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre New York-La Guardia Airport, NY et Bristol, VA/Johnson City/Kingsport-Tri-Cities Regional, TN est de 876 km (547 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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