ASN Aircraft accident Learjet 24XR N455JA Gulkana, AK
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 20 August 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 24XR
Operator:ERA-Jet Alaska
Registration: N455JA
MSN: 24-300
First flight: 1975
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:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC), United States of America
Destination airport:Gulkana Airport, AK (GKN/PAGK), United States of America
Descended into trees when on a night time instrument approach to Gulkana runway 14.

Probable Cause:

IFR procedure..improper..pilot in command
remedial action..not attained..copilot/second pilot
minimum descent altitude..not maintained
weather condition..rain
light condition..dark night
fatigue(circadian rhythm)..copilot/second pilot
fatigue(flight schedule) management

Insufficient rest / fatigue
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground



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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.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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