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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 14 January 1976
Time:18:35
Type:Silhouette image of generic SBR1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American-Rockwell Sabreliner 40
Operator:Federal Aviation Administration - FAA
Registration: N85
C/n / msn: 282-97
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Recife, PE (   Brazil)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Georgetown-Wideawake Field (ASI/FHAW), St. Helena
Destination airport:Recife International Airport, PE (REC/SBRF), Brazil
Narrative:
Ditched off Recife following fuel shortage. The Sabreliner was on a flight from Frankfurt to Oklahoma City with intermediate stops at Ascencion in the Atlantic Ocean and Recife.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot-made navigational error
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fuel exhaustion
FACTOR(S):
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
complete power loss - complete engine failure/flameout-2 engines

Classification:
Fuel starvation
Ditching

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Georgetown-Wideawake Field to Recife International Airport, PE as the crow flies is 2250 km (1407 miles).

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