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Date:Wednesday 2 November 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic JCOM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rockwell 1121A Jet Commander
Operator:Federal Aviation Administration - FAA
Registration: N44
MSN: 130
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:10519
Engines: 2 General Electric CJ610-5
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Oak Grove, PA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Airport, PA (AGC/KAGC), United States of America
Destination airport:Latrobe-Westmoreland County Airport, PA (LBE/KLBE), United States of America
Rapid accretion of ice which broke loose and entered the engine intakes. Both engines flamed out but could not be restarted. Both pilots had personal stresses which may have influenced performance. The captain had decided to retire that day.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the pilot in command to observe the rapid accretion of ice on the airplane due to his attention being diverted."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Accident number: MIA89MA023
Download report: Summary report
Language: English

Loss of control



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Distance from Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Airport, PA to Latrobe-Westmoreland County Airport, PA as the crow flies is 45 km (28 miles).

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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