An Embraer Phenom 300 set three speed records for its class when it flew from Embraer Executive Jets’ headquarters at Melbourne (Fla.) International Airport (MLB) to Daugherty Field in Long Beach, Calif., with only one fuel stop. On the first leg, the twinjet flew the 1,380-nm route to El Paso (Tex.) International Airport in four hours, 16 minutes and 33 seconds. After a 27-minute fuel stop, it proceeded to Long Beach, completing the 607-nm leg in one hour, 55 minutes and 20 seconds.
LEARJET 24D, EL PASO, TEXAS, DEC. 10, 2001–Two pilots, the only occupants, were killed when their Learjet 24D (N997TD) crashed in a remote desert area at about 6:30 p.m. and was destroyed while nearing El Paso International Airport on an IFR flight plan from Harlingen, Texas.