Bombardier Learjet 45, Mexico City, Mexico, Nov. 4, 2008–The Learjet, carrying Mexico’s Interior Minister, Juan Camilo Mourino, four of his aides and three crewmembers, crashed into a business district in Mexico City during rush hour, killing all on board. Five people on the ground were killed when the jet crashed into a number of cars, setting them on fire, and 40 people were injured.
Bombardier Learjet 60, West Columbia, S.C., Sept. 19, 2008–The pilot, copilot and two passengers were killed when the chartered Learjet 60 crashed on takeoff from Columbia Metropolitan Airport. A musician and a disc jockey survived with serious burns. The cockpit voice recorder revealed that the pilots thought a tire had blown and they were trying to abort the takeoff. All tires were found deflated after the accident.
Bombardier Learjet 35A, Guadalajara, Mexico, Aug. 2, 2008–The Mexican-registered Learjet was landing at Guadalajara International Airport (MMGL) when the gear collapsed and the airplane caught fire. The jet had taken off from MMGL when it had an indication of high voltage. When the crew tried to correct the condition, the airplane lost all electrical power and returned to the airport.
Stevens Aviation, buoyed by market reception of its Lear4Ever avionics and airframe modification package for the Bombardier Learjet 35, on Monday announced expansion of its Select Suite of aircraft targeted for the same level of avionics modernization to include some of the most numerous and popular models.
Stevens Aviation, buoyed by market reception of its Lear4Ever avionics and airframe modification package for the Learjet 35, today announced expansion of its Select Suite of aircraft targeted for the same level of avionics modernization to include some other popular models.
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.
At press time, the NTSB was finishing its on-scene investigation of a Learjet 60SE (N999LJ) fatal accident at Columbia (S.C.) Metropolitan Airport. The Learjet– owned by Inter Travel and Services and operated by Global Exec Aviation of Long Beach, Calif.– crashed just before midnight on September 19 after the twinjet overran Runway 11 while on takeoff for a flight to Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport.
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.
The NTSB’s chief administrative law judge on September 3 ordered the FAA to pay $12,475 in attorney fees and expenses to two pilots, whom the Agency had accused of operating an unairworthy Learjet 60, and the FAA subsequently withdrew its suspension of the pilot’s airline transport pilot certificates.
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.