48 Hours on ID: Left for Dead is the 23rd series in A&E's "First 48" TV series franchise. This show features updates on cases from The First 48, including all-new interviews with the detectives involved with the original cases.
Runtime: 60 minutes
48 Hours on ID: Left for Dead - John F. Kennedy Jr. plane crash - Netflix
John F. Kennedy Jr. was an American lawyer, journalist, magazine publisher, and the son of President John F. Kennedy. On July 16, 1999, Kennedy died when his airplane he was flying crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Kennedy's wife, Carolyn Bessette, and sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette, were also on board and died. The Piper Saratoga had departed from Essex County Airport, and its intended route was along the coastline of Connecticut and across Rhode Island Sound to its final destination of Martha's Vineyard Airport. The official investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that Kennedy fell victim to spatial disorientation while he was descending over water at night and consequently lost control of his plane. Kennedy did not hold an instrument rating and therefore he was only certified to fly under visual flight rules. At the time of the crash, the weather and light conditions were such that all basic landmarks were obscured, making visual flight challenging, although legally still permissible.
48 Hours on ID: Left for Dead - Investigation - Netflix
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officially declared that Kennedy's plane had crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha's Vineyard; the probable cause of the crash was pilot error: “[Kennedy]'s failure to maintain control of the airplane during a descent over water at night, which was a result of spatial disorientation”. Kennedy was not qualified to fly his plane by “instruments only”. The crash occurred in conditions not legally requiring such qualification. Other pilots besides Kennedy flying similar routes on the night of the accident reported no visual horizon due to haze.
48 Hours on ID: Left for Dead - References - Netflix