Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2000 Issue

Aug. 14, Ironwood, Mich. / North American Sabreliner

At 18:22 central time, a North American NA-265-80 crashed in a densely wooded area about 3.5 nautical miles northeast of the Gogebic-Iron County Airport. The two pilots were killed and two passengers were seriously injured. The airplane was cruising at FL 320 when the pilot called “Mayday,” saying the jet had been hit by lightning and had lost power to both engines. Shortly afterward, the pilot reported a loss of navigational instruments. A convective sigmet had been issued for possible severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail to 2 inches and wind gusts to 70 knots....

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