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Last updated: 24 October 2019
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 3 January 1976
Time:17:58
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 24A
Operator:Winship Air Services
Registration: N651LJ
C/n / msn: 24-125
First flight: 1969
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Deadhorse-Alpine Airstrip, AK (DQH/PALP), United States of America
Destination airport:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC), United States of America
Narrative:
The Learjet 24A impacted terrain on final approach to Anchorage International Airport, Alaska, USA.
The pilot had descended below published minima. The aircraft was low on fuel as the pilot had not refueled at Deadhorse. Several suitable airports were overflown, but the pilot elected to continue to the destination for which poor visibility was forecast.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - improper IFR operation
FACTORS:
pilot in command - improper in-flight decisions or planning
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
weather - low ceiling
weather - fog

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Deadhorse-Alpine Airstrip, AK to Anchorage International Airport, AK as the crow flies is 1013 km (633 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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Learjet 24

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