Accident Learjet 24B N12MK, Thursday 6 January 1977
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Date:Thursday 6 January 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Learjet 24B
Owner/operator:Jet Avia
Registration: N12MK
MSN: 24-192
Year of manufacture:1969
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:35 km NW of Palm Springs, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Palm Springs Municipal Airport, CA (PSP/KPSP)
Destination airport:Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS/KLAS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Climbed to FL90 out of Palm Springs on a flight to Las Vegas. The crew misinterpreted the IFR clearance and ATC instructions, maintained runway heading and flew into a mountain at an altitude of 9,700 ft.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flightcrew's misinterpretation of the instrument flight rules clearance, and subsequent ATC instructions issued by the Palm Springs Departure Control. Contributing to the accident was the controller's failure to detect the aircraft's deviation,from the route of flight contained in the ATC clearance and the flightcrew's failure to recognize their proximity to the high terrain."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: LAX77AA019
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report




photo (c) NTSB; near Palm Springs, CA; 06 January 1977

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