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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Monday 7 November 1977
Time:18:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic SBR1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American Sabreliner 40
Operator:Mechanical Equipment
Registration: N77AP
C/n / msn: 282-37
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Lake Pontchartrain, LA (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:New Orleans-Lakefront Airport, LA (NEW/KNEW), United States of America
Destination airport:Fort Lauderdale International Airport, FL (FLL/KFLL), United States of America
Narrative:
Climbed to 300 feet following a night takeoff from New Orleans runway 35 and began a descending left turn. Crashed into water.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE(S):
pilot-failed to maintain positive rate of climb
miscellaneous acts,conditions - instruments-misread or failed to read
FACTOR(S):
miscellaneous acts,conditions - checklist-failed to use
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from New Orleans-Lakefront Airport, LA to Fort Lauderdale International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 1058 km (661 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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