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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 26 September 1976
Time:10:38
Type:Silhouette image of generic GLF2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman G-1159 Gulfstream II
Operator:Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Registration: N500J
C/n / msn: 60
First flight: 1969
Total airframe hrs:3216
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Spey 511-8
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Hot Springs-Ingalls Field, VA (HSP) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Trenton-Mercer County Airport, NJ (TTN/KTTN), United States of America
Destination airport:Hot Springs-Ingalls Field, VA (HSP/KHSP), United States of America
Narrative:
Descended below decision height while on a runway 24 ILS approach and impacted terrain 500 feet below the runway elevation of 3,766 feet. Weather included indefinite ceiling - 100 feet, sky obscured, visibility 1/8 mile in fog.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The National Transportation Safety Board could not determine the probable cause of the aircraft's descent below decision height and impact with terrain 500 ft below the elevation of the runway."

Classification:
Cause undetermined
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 6 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from Trenton-Mercer County Airport, NJ to Hot Springs-Ingalls Field, VA as the crow flies is 501 km (313 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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