Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of the Payne Stewart accident, in which the 42-year-old professional golfer and five others aboard a chartered Learjet 35 lost their lives after the jet suffered a loss of pressurization during a flight from Orlando, Fla., to Dallas. All aboard the Learjet fell unconscious from the effects of hypoxia about 15 minutes after departing Orlando International Airport.
South Dakota Learjet crash
October 25 marks the 10th anniversary of an event that shocked the worlds of aviation and golf when one of the game’s greats–Payne Stewart–lost his life after the Learjet in which he was traveling suffered a loss of pressurization during a flight from Orlando to Dallas.
Nearly two years after the FBI effectively closed down air-taxi operator Sunjet Aviation, the federal criminal investigation into the October 1999 crash of a Learjet 35 that killed pro golfer Payne Stewart and five others has ended with no charges against Sunjet, the now-defunct company that operated the airplane, or its former chief pilot, Jim Watkins.
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.
The six-woman jury in a wrongful-death trial ruled yesterday that Learjet (now Bombardier) should not be held responsible for the death of professional golfer Payne Stewart, his agent and four others who were killed Oct. 25, 1999, in the crash of their Learjet 35.
The six-woman jury in a wrongful-death trial ruled last month that Bombardier’s Learjet subsidiary should not be held accountable for the death of professional golfer Payne Stewart, his agent and the four others who were killed on Oct. 25, 1999, in the crash of their chartered Learjet 35.