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Last updated: 18 January 2020
Date:Friday 13 April 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic SBR1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American Rockwell Sabreliner 60
Operator:Continental Air Lines
Registration: N743R
C/n / msn: 306-11
First flight: 1968
Total airframe hrs:2372
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT12A-8 Turbo Wasp
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Montrose County Airport, CO (MTJ) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 1755 m (5758 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Montrose County Airport, CO (MTJ/KMTJ), United States of America
Destination airport:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), United States of America
Thrust reverser deployed in flight shortly after takeoff. The Sabreliner descended from about 1000 feet in a left bank striking the ground in a 55deg left bank and 10deg nosedown attitude.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The continued operation of the left engine at climb power after an unwanted in-flight deployment of the left engine thrust reverser, which resulted in a deterioration of aircraft performance."


Loss of control

Follow-up / safety actions

FAA issued 1 Airworthiness Directive
NTSB issued 2 Safety Recommendations

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Montrose County Airport, CO to Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO as the crow flies is 294 km (184 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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