ASN Aircraft accident Learjet 25 N153TW Ithaca-Tompkins County Airport, NY (ITH)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 24 August 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 25
Operator:Ameristar Jet Charter
Registration: N153TW
MSN: 25-053
First flight: 1970
Total airframe hrs:12486
Engines: 2 General Electric CJ610-6
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:0,8 km (0.5 mls) SE of Ithaca-Tompkins County Airport, NY (ITH) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Ithaca-Tompkins County Airport, NY (ITH/KITH), United States of America
Destination airport:Jackson-Reynolds Municipal Airport, MI (JXN/KJXN), United States of America
The airplane crashed and came to rest in a wooded area about 1/2 mile from the departure end of runway 32.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to maintain a proper climb rate while taking off at night, which was a result of spatial disorientation. Factors in the accident were the low visibility and cloud conditions, and the dark night."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 9 months
Accident number: NYC01FA214
Download report: Summary report

Loss of situational awareness
Loss of control



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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 Ithaca-Tompkins County Airport, NY to Jackson-Reynolds Municipal Airport, MI as the crow flies is 653 km (408 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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