June 3 (Sat) 12:00pm JFK Jr Accident Analysis by MzeroA Flight Training

Event Date: 
Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 12:00pm

On July 16, 1999, John F Kennedy Jr died when the airplane he was piloting crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The two passengers on board, Kennedy's wife Carolyn Bessette and her sister Lauren, were also killed. The Piper Saratoga light aircraft had departed from Essex County Airport in Fairfield, New Jersey, and its intended route was along the coastline of Connecticut and across Rhode Island Sound to Martha’s Vineyard Airport.

The official investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that Kennedy fell victim to Spatial Disorientation while descending at night over water, consequently losing control of the aircraft. Kennedy did not hold an instrument rating and was therefore only certified to fly under Visual Flight rules. However, at the time of the accident the weather and light conditions were such that all basic landmarks were obscured, making visual flight challenging, although legally still permissible.

What if JFK Jr would have evaluated himself preflight with the IMSAFE method?

Join Dave Kramer as he presents the accident analysis video by MzeroA Flight training and then discusses the IMSAFE Method of Preflight Pilot Evaluation.

Dave Kramer MD is an instrument rated, tailwheel endorsed private pilot as well as a basic and instrument ground instructor with an interest in weather. He has been flying since 2012, has over 800 hours of which 300 have been in the IFR system.  He also enjoys flying at night  as well as flying in the LA area.


This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit.

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