Accident Learjet 35A N979RF,
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Date:Thursday 1 December 2022
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Learjet 35A
Owner/operator:REVA, Inc.
Registration: N979RF
MSN: 35A-376
Year of manufacture:1981
Total airframe hrs:16719 hours
Engine model:Garrett TFE731-2C-2B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Guantánamo Naval Air Station (NBW) -   Cuba
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Fort Lauderdale-Executive Airport, FL (FXE/KFXE)
Destination airport:Guantánamo NAS (NBW/MUGM)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The Learjet 35A suffered an accident on landing at Guantánamo Naval Air Station (NBW), Cuba.
The flight crew reported to the NTSB that during a civilian positioning flight to pick up a medical patient, they were cleared to land via a visual approach at night. During the base segment in the traffic pattern, the first officer, who was the pilot flying, lost sight of the runway and transferred the flight controls to the captain at an altitude of about 900 ft mean sea level. The first officer stated that after the exchange of the flight controls, the "aircraft was on short final and passed over the threshold at an angle." Subsequently, during the captain’s landing flare and touchdown, the stick shaker activated, and the left wing dropped and impacted the runway.
The captain completed the landing roll, stopped the airplane on the runway, and all of the occupants exited without incident. The impact with the runway resulted in substantial damage to the left wing.

PROBABLE CAUSE: The flight crew’s continuation of an unstable approach which resulted in abnormal runway contact during the landing flare and touchdown.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA23LA081
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report




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