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Status:Final
Date:Sunday 14 November 1965
Time:17:21
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 23
Operating for:Paul Kelly Flying Service
Leased from:Flying Tiger Line
Registration: N243F
MSN: 23-063
First flight: 1965
Total airframe hrs:43
Engines: 2 General Electric CJ610-4
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:21 km (13.1 mls) E of Palm Springs Municipal Airport, CA (PSP) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Palm Springs Municipal Airport, CA (PSP/KPSP), United States of America
Destination airport:Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA (BUR/KBUR), United States of America
Narrative:
Crashed shortly after a night takeoff from Palm Springs when the plane lost control and crashed in a 55-deg nosedown vertical left bank attitude due to spatial disorientation of the pilot.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Spatial disorientation of the pilot, resulting in a loss of control."

Classification:
Loss of situational awareness
Loss of control

Sources:
» NTSB-AAR-67-AC


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Distance from Palm Springs Municipal Airport, CA to Hollywood-Lockheed Air Terminal, CA as the crow flies is 174 km (109 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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