Airplane Crash - Pellston, Michigan 05/09/1970

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Pellston, Michigan


Date05/09/1970
Time21:28
LocationPellston, Michigan
OperatorExecutive Jet Sales Inc.
Flight #-
RouteDetroit - Pellston
TypeGates Learjet 23
RegistrationN434EJ
Cn/In23-046
Aboard6
Fatalities6
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft, cleared for an instrument landing, broke through scattered clouds at 400 feet, landing short of the runway, crashing into trees and exploding into a ball of fire. Illusions produced by the lack of visual cues during a circling approach over unlighted terrain at night to a runway not equipped with approach lights or other visual approach aides. Possibility of altimeter error. United Auto Worker's President, Walter Reuther, 63, and his wife killed along with Oskar Stronorov, William Wolfman and pilots George Evans and Joseph Karrafa.

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