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Last updated: 13 November 2019
Status:Final
Date:Monday 19 November 1979
Time:20:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic C500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 500 Citation I
Operator:National Jet Industries
Registration: N555AJ
C/n / msn: 500-0007
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Denver-Arapahoe County Airport, CO (APA) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Albuquerque International Airport, NM (ABQ/KABQ), United States of America
Destination airport:Denver-Arapahoe County Airport, CO (APA/KAPA), United States of America
Narrative:
Crashed while on an ILS approach to Denver-Araphoe Airport runway 34R. Pilot was upgraded to captain just 6 days prior and co-pilot certified just 2 days prior to crash. Improper IFR operation in icing conditions.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE(S):
pilot in command - improper IFR operation
FACTOR(S):
weather - low ceiling
weather - snow
weather - icing conditions-includes sleet,freezing rain,etc.
weather briefing - briefed by flight service personnel, by phone
weather forecast - forecast substantially correct

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Albuquerque International Airport, NM to Denver-Arapahoe County Airport, CO as the crow flies is 524 km (327 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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