Airplane Crash - Pinckneyville, Illinois 10/11/1983

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Pinckneyville, Illinois


Date10/11/1983
Time20:53
LocationPinckneyville, Illinois
OperatorAir Illinois
Flight #701
RouteSpringfield, Il - Carbondale, IL
TypeHawker Siddeley HS-748-FAA
RegistrationN748LL
Cn/In1716
Aboard10
Fatalities10
Ground0
SummaryTwo minutes out of Springfield, the left generator suffered a complete mechanical failure. The first officer mistakenly shut down the right generator and all attempts at bring it back to life failed. Although the plane could be flown safely on batteries for about 30 minutes the captain decided to continue on towards Carbondale, thirty-nine minutes away. The batteries lasted for thirty-one minutes. The aircraft lost all power, turned blindly 180 degrees and crashed in a rural area.

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