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Last updated: 4 December 2021
Date:Thursday 21 October 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 23
Operator:Lear Jet Corp.
Registration: N804LJ
MSN: 23-015
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:13 km (8.1 mls) ENE of Jackson, MI (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW/KDTW), United States of America
Destination airport:Wichita (unknown airport), KS, United States of America
The Learjet 23 was operated by the Lear Jet Corporation to transport a company official from Wichita, Kansas to Detroit, Michigan, USA. The company official remained in Detroit.
Following a weather briefing, the crew filed an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight plan for the return trip to Wichita. They estimated a time en route of 2:40 hours with 3:30 hours of fuel on board, and requested a cruising altitude of Flight Level (FL) 410.
N804LJ departed on runway 03L at 19:25. At 1931 the flight reported level at FL 250. At 19:32 they were assigned a new frequency for communications with Cleveland ARTCC. The acknowledgement of the new frequency was the last transmission received from
The aircraft entered a steep descent out of FL250 and impacted the ground near Jackson, Michigan.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A loss of adequate attitude reference resulting from AC electrical power failure under night, turbulent conditions."

Electrical system problem
Loss of control



photo of Learjet-23-N804LJ
accident date: 21-10-1965
type: Learjet 23
registration: N804LJ
languages: languages