The Four One Zero Club: The crash of Pinnacle Airlines flight 3701

The wreckage of Pinnacle Airlines flight 3701 lies in a backyard in Jefferson City, Missouri. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
N8396A, the CRJ-200 involved in the accident. (Ralph Duenas)
Route of the repositioning flight. (Google)
Understanding the power curve. (Own work)
The relationship between airspeed, altitude, and angle of attack while flying behind the power curve. (Own work)
Simulation of flight 3701 entering a stall. (Mauricio PC)
The APU bleed air start system. (NTSB)
Several airports were in range when the upset first occurred, but by the time the pilots admitted to the controller that both engines had failed, all but one were out of range. (Google)
My sketch of the moment of impact. (Own work)
The wreckage of the jet’s tail section lies in a backyard. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
Firefighters and police officers examine the crash site the following morning. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
Investigators look through a hole in the tail section to examine the APU. (Popular Mechanics)
Firefighters work near the tail section late on the night of the crash. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
The wreckage of flight 3701 is now stored in a field in Kansas (seen here.) (Aeroprints)
Looking into the open end of the charred tail section. One has to wonder: if there had been passengers on board, could some have survived? (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
Another view of the tail section, next to houses which it narrowly avoided hitting. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)




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Analyzer of plane crashes and author of upcoming book (eventually™). Contact me via @Admiral_Cloudberg on Reddit or by email at

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