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Last updated: 4 December 2021
Datum:Freitag 24 August 2001
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic LJ25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 25
Fluggesellschaft:Ameristar Jet Charter
Kennzeichen: N153TW
Werknummer: 25-053
Baujahr: 1970
Triebwerk: 2 General Electric CJ610-6
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:0,8 km (0.5 Meilen) SE of Ithaca-Tompkins County Airport, NY (ITH) (   USA)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Flug von:Ithaca-Tompkins County Airport, NY (ITH/KITH), USA
Flug nach:Jackson-Reynolds Municipal Airport, MI (JXN/KJXN), USA
The airplane crashed and came to rest in a wooded area about 1/2 mile from the departure end of runway 32.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to maintain a proper climb rate while taking off at night, which was a result of spatial disorientation. Factors in the accident were the low visibility and cloud conditions, and the dark night."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 9 months
Accident number: NYC01FA214
Download report: Summary report



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Distance from Ithaca-Tompkins County Airport, NY to Jackson-Reynolds Municipal Airport, MI as the crow flies is 653 km (408 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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