SIERRA PACIFIC AIRLINES, INC. CONVAIR 340/440, N4819C NEAR BISHOP, CALIFORNIA, MARCH 13, 1974

About 2028 on March 13, 1974, Sierra Pacific Airlines, Inc., Charter Flight 802, a Convair 340/440, crashed near Bishop, California. The 36 occupants--32 passengers and 4 crewmembers--were killed. The aircraft was destroyed. The last recorded transmission from the flight was at 2024 when the crew advised the Tonapah Flight Service Station that they had departed Bishop and were climbing under visual flight rules. The aircraft crashed at the 6,100-foot level into a foothill of the White Mountains, about 5.2 miles southeast of the Bishop Airport. The National Transportation Safety Board is unable to determine the probable cause of the accident. The reason why the flightcrew did not maintain a safe distance from hazardous terrain during night visual flight conditions could not be established.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Office of Aviation Safety
    Washington, DC  United States  20594
  • Publication Date: 1975-1-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 34 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00090407
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-AAR-75-1
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: May 29 1975 12:00AM