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Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mardi 25 mars 1997
Heure:05:10
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic GLF2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Gulfstream American G-1159 Gulfstream II
Compagnie:PAB Aviation
Immatriculation: N117FJ
Numéro de série: 229
Année de Fabrication: 1978
Moteurs: 2 Rolls-Royce Spey 511
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 2
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 2
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 4
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: A l'atterrissage (LDG)
Nature:Affaires
Aéroport de départ:Allentown-Lehigh Valley International Airport, PA (ABE/KABE), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Détails:
At about 04:30 EST, ground personnel in 'Vehicle 1277' were cleared on runway 13/31 at New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA) to perform 'lighting maintenance.' Later, during repair of centerline lights, when Gulfstream II N117FJ was inbound to the airport, Vehicle 1277 stalled on runway 13/31. Personnel of Vehicle 1277 attempted to restart the vehicle, but were unable, so they shut off all vehicle lights to reduce electrical load, and again attempted to restart the vehicle, but to no avail.
At 05:06:57, N117FJ contacted the controller and advised that they were inbound. At 05:07:03, the controller acknowledged and cleared the airplane to land on runway 31. At 05:09:50, another maintenance vehicle, vehicle 51, radioed, "LaGuardia ground, vehicle five one to cross runway three one at the intersection." The controller radioed "five one hold short", and at 05:10, vehicle 51 advised, "five one holding." At 05:10:27, vehicle 1277 radioed, "uh twelve seven seven we're stuck on the runway, we're stuck on the runway." The controller then radioed at 05:10:32, "go-around, aircraft on the runway go-around, aircraft on the runway go-around, seven fox juliet go-around." Moments later, N117FJ impacted Vehicle 1277.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The tower controller's inadequate service by clearing the airplane to land on the same runway, where he had previously cleared a maintenance vehicle to perform maintenance to the runway centerline lights. Factors related to the accident were: darkness, partial failure of the runway centerline lights, the electric maintenance vehicle's loss of engine power, and a failure to have adequate emergency back up lighting."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Accident number: NYC97FA062
Download report: Summary report

Sources:
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Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Allentown-Lehigh Valley International Airport, PA et New York-La Guardia Airport, NY est de 132 km (82 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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