Accident Aero Commander 1121 Jet Commander N400CP, Wednesday 27 January 1971
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Date:Wednesday 27 January 1971
Time:19:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic JCOM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aero Commander 1121 Jet Commander
Owner/operator:Cousin Properties
Registration: N400CP
MSN: 30
Year of manufacture:1965
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Lake Champlain, NY -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Burlington International Airport, VT (BTV/KBTV)
Destination airport:Providence Airport, RI (PVD/KPVD)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The aircraft went missing and is presumed to have crashed in Lake Champlain, NY.
Search for the airplane was called off on February 4, 1971. A new search was initiated on February 11 in the Mitchell Mountain area after a "glimmer" of light was spotted in the area. The source of the glimmer was not found.

Re-examination of a 1997 sonar survey of the area led local divers to a probable crash-site at a depth of 200 ft, just west of Juniper Island. High-resolution sonar imaging of the site in May 2024 led to the confirmation of a wreck-site, and in late-May 2024 visual confirmation was made of wreckage corresponding with the missing aircraft.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Undetermined."

Sources:

NTSB
Bangor Daily News - Feb 12, 1971
https://www.necn.com/news/local/lake-champlain-plane-wreck/3244839/
https://eu.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/2017/11/18/history-space-mystery-missing-jet/107822054/

Location

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Jun-2024 14:24 Anon Updated [Source, Damage, Narrative]
07-Jun-2024 14:28 ASN Updated [Source]
12-Jun-2024 17:08 Anon. Updated [Date]
12-Jun-2024 22:38 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type]
13-Jun-2024 19:18 jtbernier Updated [Category]
14-Jun-2024 11:45 zagato125 Updated [Aircraft type]
14-Jun-2024 11:46 ASN Updated [Aircraft type]
14-Jun-2024 11:46 ASN Updated [Aircraft type]

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