- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: May 09, 1970
Time: 21:28
Location: Pellston, Michigan
Operator: Executive Jet Sales Inc.
Flight #: -
Route: Detroit - Pellston
AC Type: Gates Learjet 23
Registration: N434EJ
cn / ln: 23-046
Aboard: 6   (passengers:4  crew:2)
Fatalities: 6   (passengers:4  crew:2)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft, cleared for an instrument landing, broke through scattered clouds at 400 feet, landing short of the runway, crashing into trees and exploding into a ball of fire. Illusions produced by the lack of visual cues during a circling approach over unlighted terrain at night to a runway not equipped with approach lights or other visual approach aides. Possibility of altimeter error. United Auto Worker's President, Walter Reuther, 63, and his wife killed along with Oskar Stronorov, William Wolfman and pilots George Evans and Joseph Karrafa.
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