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Last updated: 21 October 2017
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Date:Sunday 13 February 1983
Time:ca 21:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 35A
Operator:Upali Air
Registration: N482U
C/n / msn: 35A-482
First flight:
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-2-2B
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 20 km W off Kuala Selangor, Straits of Malacca (   Malaysia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Kuala Lumpur Subang International Airport (KUL/WMKK), Malaysia
Destination airport:Colombo-Katunayake International Airport (CMB/VCBI), Sri Lanka
Narrative:
An Upali Air Learjet 35A was reported missing and presumed crashed into the Straits of Malacca. The corporate jet, carrying Sri Lankan multi-millionair businessman Upali Wijewardene, took off from Kuala Lumpur Subang International Airport (KUL) at 20:41. Last radio contact with the flight was 15 minutes after takeoff when the pilot reported to Subang ATC that he was climbing from FL270 to FL390. The pilot was supposed to contact Medan ATC, but contact was not established. A survival pack, believed to be from the Learjet, was found February 19.

Classification:
Missing
Loss of control (presumed)

Sources:
» ICAO Summary 1987-1
» New Straits Times - Feb 15, 1983
» New Straits Times - Feb 16, 1983
» New Straits Times - Feb 19, 1983


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Distance from Kuala Lumpur Subang International Airport to Colombo-Katunayake International Airport as the crow flies is 2457 km (1535 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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