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Last updated: 24 October 2019
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 20 August 1985
Time:02:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 24XR
Operator:ERA-Jet Alaska
Registration: N455JA
C/n / msn: 24-300
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:6645
Engines: 2 General Electric CJ610-6
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:12 km (7.5 mls) N of Gulkana, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC), United States of America
Destination airport:Gulkana Airport, AK (GKN/PAGK), United States of America
Narrative:
Descended into trees when on a night time instrument approach to Gulkana runway 14.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
IFR procedure..improper..pilot in command
remedial action..not attained..copilot/second pilot
minimum descent altitude..not maintained
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
weather condition..rain
light condition..dark night
fatigue(circadian rhythm)..copilot/second pilot
fatigue(flight schedule)..company/operator management
object..tree(s)

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Anchorage International Airport, AK to Gulkana Airport, AK as the crow flies is 261 km (163 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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