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Last updated: 8 December 2021
Fecha:viernes 16 enero 1987
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208 Caravan I
Operador:California Air Charter
Registración: N9613F
Numéro de série: 20800106
Año de Construcción: 1986
Horas Totales de la Célula:126
Motores: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 1 / Ocupantes: 1
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 1 / Ocupantes: 1
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Cima, CA (   Estados Unidos de América)
Elevación del lugar del accidente: 2000 m (6562 feet) amsl
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Ontario International Airport, CA (ONT/KONT), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Las Vegas-North Air Terminal, NV (VGT/KVGT), Estados Unidos de América
While on a VFR flight from Ontario (ONT) to Las Vegas (VGT), the aircraft collided with mountainous terrain near the top of a 6500 feet (2000 m) high peak. Radar data showed that approx 20 min before the accident, the aircraft began a gradual descent from about FL100. This inadvertent descent was possibly caused by pilot fatigue (lack of sleep).

Probable Cause:

"Altitude .. not maintained .. pilot in command
Descent .. inadvertent .. pilot in command
Fatigue(lack of sleep) .. pilot in command
Terrain condition .. mountainous/hilly"

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 3 months
Accident number: LAX87FA087
Download report: Summary report



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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 Ontario International Airport, CA to Las Vegas-North Air Terminal, NV as the crow flies is 322 km (201 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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