Final Report: Learjet lost elevator

Aviation International News » May 2008
May 5, 2008, 7:42 AM

Bombardier Learjet 36, San Diego, Calif., Dec. 1, 2006–The in-flight loss of one of the Learjet’s elevators was caused by the pilot’s failure to maintain control while maneuvering, which resulted in exceeding the aircraft’s design stress limits, according to the NTSB. A factor was the sun glare that prevented the pilot from seeing the other aircraft it was maneuvering with for “a series of profiles for flight testing” of a common aviation command and control system for the Department of Defense. The pilot rolled right to remain clear of the other Learjet and ended up in an unusual attitude, a 70-degree right bank, 50 degrees nose down, at 380 kias. The crew noticed the aircraft was shuddering and upon landing discovered the right elevator was missing.

Tags: Learjet

Share this...

Please Register

In order to leave comments you will now need to be a registered user. This change in policy is to protect our site from an increased number of spam comments. Additionally, in the near future you will be able to better manage your AIN subscriptions via this registration system. If you already have an account, click here to log in. Otherwise, click here to register.