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Last updated: 22 January 2022
Datum:Dienstag 11 September 1990
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic MS76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Morane Saulnier MS.760B Paris II
Fluggesellschaft:Stonewall Transport
Kennzeichen: N23ST
Werknummer: 50
Triebwerk: 2 Turbomeca Marboré VI C-2
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 1
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Albuquerque, NM (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Albuquerque International Airport, NM (ABQ/KABQ), USA
Flug nach:Las Cruces Municipal Airport, NM (LRU/KLRU), USA
The pilot, a heart transplant surgeon, planned a return flight to Las Cruces to retrieve a donor heart. After takeoff into a dark, clear, moonless night towards open, flat terrain with few ground lights, the aircraft impacted the ground in a left wing/nose slightly low attitude at high speed. The pilot had been awake for 22 hours with little or no rest.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the pilot to maintain a climb after takeoff, due to spatial disorientation. Factors related to the accident were: darkness, pilot fatigue, and the pilot's lack of recent experience in night flying operation. "

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 9 months
Accident number: DEN90FA184
Download report: Summary report



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Distance from Albuquerque International Airport, NM to Las Cruces Municipal Airport, NM as the crow flies is 305 km (191 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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