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Last updated: 25 October 2021
Date:Wednesday 27 April 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic SBR1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rockwell Sabreliner 75A
Operator:Rockwell International Corporation
Registration: N6NR
MSN: 380-43
First flight: 1977
Engines: 2 General Electric CF700-2D2
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Wheeling-Palwaukee Airport, IL (PWK) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Pontiac Airport, MI (PTK/KPTK), United States of America
Destination airport:Wheeling-Palwaukee Airport, IL (PWK/KPWK), United States of America
A Rockwell Sabreliner 75A corporate jet was damaged beyond repair in a runway excursion accident at Wheeling-Palwaukee Airport, IL (PWK). One of the two pilots was injured.
Upon landing with a tailwind component, the captain attempted to decelerate using maximum reverse thrust while the copilot stowed the reversers, assuming a go around was necessary.
The airplane overran the runway, went through the perimeter fence, struck two cars and crashed into a warehouse. Two motorists and one warehouse worker were injured.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - misjudged distance and speed
pilot in command - improper operation of powerplant & powerplant controls
copilot - spontaneous-improper action
miscellaneous acts,conditions - crew coordination-poor
pilot in command - selected wrong runway relative to existing wind
powerplant - thrust reverser: other
miscellaneous acts,conditions - material failure
miscellaneous acts,conditions - thrust reversal-asymetrical
miscellaneous acts,conditions - ran off end of runway

Runway excursion

» Ludington Daily News - Apr 27, 1977


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Distance from Pontiac Airport, MI to Wheeling-Palwaukee Airport, IL as the crow flies is 370 km (232 miles).

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