Narrative:The aircraft crashed short of runway 33 after hitting an ILS tower.
|Date:||06 JAN 1974|
|C/n / msn:|| U-125|
|First flight:|| 1969|
|Total airframe hrs:||7503|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 15|
|Total:||Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 17 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, PA (JST) (United States of America)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Pittsburgh International Airport, PA (PIT/KPIT), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, PA (JST/KJST), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "A premature descent below a safe approach slope followed by a stall and loss of aircraft control. The reason for the premature descent could not be determined, but it was probably the result of: (1) A deliberate descent below the published minimum descent altitude to establish reference with the approach lights and make the landing, (2) a visual impairment or optical illusion created by the runway/approach lighting systems, and (3) downdrafts near the approach end of the runway."
» Flight International 17.01.1974 (66)
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Distance from Pittsburgh International Airport, PA to Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, PA as the crow flies is 119 km (75 miles).