LEARJET 25, ITHACA, N.Y., AUG. 24, 2001–Investigators are delving into the circumstances that caused a Learjet to crash into a fence on takeoff from the Tompkins County Airport in Ithaca. The flight lasted only seconds and the business jet came to rest less than half a mile from the departure end of Runway 32. Both of the ATP-rated pilots perished.
Problems with the design of the engine nacelle inlets have caused at least a three-month delay in the development of the Williams FJ44-2C-powered Spirit Wing Learjet 25D. “The difficulty is that the inlets must act as radiators, too,” explained Calvin Burgess, president and owner of Guthrie, Okla.-based Spirit Wing.
A Learjet 25D (N333CG) that crashed on approach to Salina, Kan., after losing
elevator control on June 12, was involved in a test flight in connection with obtaining an STC for the installation of Avcon delta fins. According to the NTSB, the jet was
destroyed and the two pilots were seriously injured. The flight-test profile was to
execute a high-speed dive to verify vibration and buffeting characteristics of the
GATES LEARJET 25C, LEXINGTON, KY.,– AUG. 30, 2002–At 1:07 p.m. EDT Learjet 25C N24CP, on a Part 135 air-ambulance flight, overran Runway 4 while landing at Lexington (Ky.) Blue Grass Airport (LEX). The aircraft was destroyed, the patient was killed and the captain, first officer, flight nurse and another passenger were seriously injured.
In the first nine months of this year, the U.S. business jet and turboprop fleet suffered 47 accidents, including 12 fatal ones that killed 31 passengers and crew, according to Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. This is a slight decrease in the total number of accidents, but it is a major decline in fatalities vs the same period last year.
August 8 marked the official close of the rulemaking comment period
Two Part 135 air-taxi operators at opposite ends of the charter business spectrum, Skybird Aviation and The Air Group–both based at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California–nevertheless have some common observations on today’s ever-evolving aviation security environment.
The U.S. Air Force is investigating the crash of a C-21, the military version of the Learjet 35, the afternoon of February 2. The pilot and copilot–the only occupants–were killed when the jet crashed into a field near Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City, S.D., seconds after takeoff. Air Force investigators said witnesses saw the jet depart the base, turn back sharply and then crash nearly upside down.
Bombardier Learjet 35, Santa Fe, Argentina, Oct. 11, 2007–The Baires Fly Learjet 35 ran off the runway while landing at Sauce Viejo Airport, Santa Fe, Argentina, causing minor damage and no injuries. According to the Government of Argentina, the Learjet’s antiskid control system failed and the right main landing gear tires locked.
The Wrights knew it. So does every aeronautical engineer, aircraft manufacturer and pilot. More than anything else, the engine defines the performance of the airplane.