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.
National Transportation Safety BoardOffice of Aviation Safety
Washington, DC United States 20594
- Publication Date: 1975-1-10
- Pagination: 34 p.
- TRT Terms: Air transportation crashes; Civil aviation; Crash injury research; Crash investigation; Crashes; Mountains; Research; Takeoff; Transport aircraft
- Subject Areas: Aviation; Research; Safety and Human Factors;
- 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