Airplane Crash - Over The Atlantiocean 01/11/1980

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Over the AtlantiOcean

LocationOver the AtlantiOcean
OperatorPrivate charter
RouteShreveport - Baton Rouge
TypeCessna 441 Conquest
SummaryThe plane was on a 45 minute fight from Shreveport to Baton Rouge Louisiana. The aircraft climbed past its assigned altitude and veered to the northeast. The FAA tried to contact the aircraft without success. Fighter jets was scrambled to intercept the plane but observed no one at the controls and got no response to radio calls. The plane rose to an altitude of 41,600 feet and headed out to sea. The plane eventually ran out of fuel, descended to about 25,000 feet, went into a spin and crashed into 1,100 feet of water. No wreckage or remains were ever recovered. The official cause remains unknown although it is believed the occupants lost consciousness due to oxygen deprivation. Louisiana State University football coach Robert 'Bo' Rein, 34, was killed.

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