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Last updated: 17 October 2019
Date:Tuesday 18 January 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 25
Operator:Tandy Corp.
Registration: N658TC
C/n / msn: 25-044
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3,1 km (1.9 mls) NW of Victoria County-Foster Airport, TX (VCT) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Fort Worth-Meacham Field, TX (FTW/KFTW), United States of America
Destination airport:Victoria County-Foster Airport, TX (VCT/KVCT), United States of America
Struck the ground and a power pole 1,7nm short of runway 12L during a non precision approach.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The lack of altitude awareness on the part of the flightcrew while descending into known weather conditions which were conductive to a rapid deterioration in forward visibility. The Board believes that the action of the crew might have been influenced by a visual illusory effect produced by a shallow layer of dense fog combined with the relative position of the sun."

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Follow-up / safety actions

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Distance from Fort Worth-Meacham Field, TX to Victoria County-Foster Airport, TX as the crow flies is 440 km (275 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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Learjet 25

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