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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 22 October 1985
Time:20:43
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 24D
Operator:ERA-Jet Alaska
Registration: N456JA
C/n / msn: 24-265
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:6303
Engines: 2 General Electric CJ610-6
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:45 km (28.1 mls) W of Juneau International Airport, AK (JNU) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 1067 m (3501 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Ambulance
Departure airport:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC), United States of America
Destination airport:Juneau International Airport, AK (JNU/PAJN), United States of America
Narrative:
Impacted a mountainside at 3500 feet following a premature descent.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
flight/navigation instrument(s)..improper use of
became lost/disoriented..inadvertent..pilot in command
descent..premature
unsafe/hazardous condition..not identified..copilot/second pilot
proper altitude..not maintained..pilot in command
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
comm/nav equipment,distance measuring eqpt(dme)..not switched
habit interference..pilot in command
light condition..dark night
weather condition..clouds
terrain condition..mountainous/hilly
terrain condition..rising

Classification:
Navigational error

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Anchorage International Airport, AK to Juneau International Airport, AK as the crow flies is 909 km (568 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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