ASN Aircraft accident Learjet 24A N651LJ Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 3 January 1976
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 24A
Operator:Winship Air Services
Registration: N651LJ
MSN: 24-125
First flight: 1967
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Deadhorse-Alpine Airstrip, AK (DQH/PALP), United States of America
Destination airport:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC), United States of America
The Learjet 24A impacted terrain on final approach to Anchorage International Airport, Alaska, USA.
The pilot had descended below published minima. The aircraft was low on fuel as the pilot had not refueled at Deadhorse. Several suitable airports were overflown, but the pilot elected to continue to the destination for which poor visibility was forecast.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - improper IFR operation
pilot in command - improper in-flight decisions or planning
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
weather - low ceiling
weather - fog

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground



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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Deadhorse-Alpine Airstrip, AK to Anchorage International Airport, AK as the crow flies is 1013 km (633 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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Learjet 24

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