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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 6 January 1977
Time:17:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 24B
Operator:Jet Avia
Registration: N12MK
C/n / msn: 24-192
First flight: 1969
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:35 km (21.9 mls) NW of Palm Springs, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Palm Springs Municipal Airport, CA (PSP/KPSP), United States of America
Destination airport:Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS/KLAS), United States of America
Narrative:
Climbed to FL90 out of Palm Springs on a flight to Las Vegas. The crew misinterpreted the IFR clearance and ATC instructions, maintained runway heading and flew into a mountain at an altitude of 9,700 ft.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flightcrew's misinterpretation of the instrument flight rules clearance, and subsequent ATC instructions issued by the Palm Springs Departure Control. Contributing to the accident was the controller's failure to detect the aircraft's deviation,from the route of flight contained in the ATC clearance and the flightcrew's failure to recognize their proximity to the high terrain."

Classification:

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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Distance from Palm Springs Municipal Airport, CA to Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV as the crow flies is 277 km (173 miles).

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