Questions about the legality of the Learjet flight that cost Latin singer Jenni Rivera and six others their lives when it crashed December 9 began almost as quickly as the accident investigation itself. The 1969 Learjet 25–registered in the U.S. to Las Vegas-based Starwood Management as N345MC–crashed in a mountainous region 70 miles south of Monterrey, Mexico.
Paulding Northwest Regional Airport near Atlanta was heavily damaged when it was struck by an F-3 tornado on the night of March 2. Among the airport’s casualties was a hangar that partially collapsed, destroying 18 aircraft including a Cessna Citation III. A Learjet 25 that was parked nearby on the ramp escaped with only minor damage. The airport’s main building also suffered structural damage. No one was present at the airfield when the twister hit. According to airport authorities, the storm caused more than $7 million in damage to the aircraft and the facility.
Preliminary Report: Mexican Med Flight Skids Off Runway
Bombardier Learjet 25B, Portland, Ore., Nov. 17, 2010–The Learjet was substantially damaged when it departed the runway after a wet landing at Portland-Hillsboro Airport. The pilot told the NTSB that he applied the brakes after a normal touchdown, but the airplane did not stop in time. The twinjet shed its nose gear when it came to rest approximately 600 feet past the runway’s departure end in a soft rain-soaked field.
On June 18, a Learjet 40XR (N988AL) suffered severe damage at Fort Worth’s Meacham International Airport after technicians reported a stuck engine throttle while taxiing during an engine run. According to airport manager Bill Welstead, the aircraft was throttled up after leaving Turbine Engine Specialists when the technicians in the cockpit noted that the engine control on the left engine was stuck.
Stevens Aviation celebrated delivery of the first Lear4Ever-modified Learjet 35 at a ceremony held at the company’s Greenville, S.C. headquarters on August 26. The first modified Learjet 35 was delivered to Steve Bass, who bought the airplane from Stevens after the mods were accomplished.
The FAA has awarded multiple supplemental type certificates (STCs) to Stevens Aviation for a comprehensive avionics and airframe modification package for the Learjet 35 called the Lear4Ever program. Based on an up-close look at the airplane used for certification, the upgrade appears to deliver on early promises and is sure to pique the interest of operators of the iconic business twinjet.
NTSB investigators are still on scene at the Columbia (S.C.) Metropolitan Airport, sorting through the wreckage of a chartered Learjet 60SE (N999LJ) that crashed just before midnight Friday after the twinjet overran Runway 11 while on takeoff for a flight to Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport.
Two business jet accidents within two weeks at Groton-New London Airport, Conn., have renewed safety concerns and allegations by local residents of a lack of response to noise complaints. On August 4 a Learjet 35 crashed while attempting to land at the Connecticut airport. The two pilots were killed and at least two homes were destroyed. On August 17, a Learjet 25 ran off the runway at Groton, following birdstrikes and an aborted takeoff.
GATES LEARJET 25B, PITTSBURGH, PA., NOV. 22, 2001–At 1:05 p.m. EDT Learjet N5UJ, operated by Universal Jet Aviation of Boca Raton, Fla., was destroyed when it veered off Runway 28L (11,500 by 200 feet) during an attempted takeoff at Pittsburgh International Airport. Both crew-members were killed. They were the only occupants aboard the Part 91 repositioning flight to Boca Raton. The aircraft was in VMC on an IFR flight plan.
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