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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 30 March 1983
Time:05:14
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 25
Operating for:Hughes Charter Air
Leased from:Chatham Corp.
Registration: N51CA
C/n / msn: 25-030
First flight: 1969
Total airframe hrs:5750
Engines: 2 General Electric CJ610-6
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 5 m (16 feet) amsl
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Chicago-Midway Airport, IL (MDW/KMDW), United States of America
Destination airport:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), United States of America
Flightnumber: 27
Narrative:
Night check courier flight. The Learjet descended steep and fast for runway 04R and bounced on landing. It banked to the right, hit the ground and burned. Both pilots exposed to marijuana and CO2 in blood from smoking.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "(a) Loss of control following ground contact, (b) an unstabilized approach. and c) impairment of the flightcrew's judgment, decisionmaking, and flying abilities by a combination of physioIogical and psychological factors."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-84/11
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Flightcrew member's alcohol, drug usage

Loss of control

Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 4 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from Chicago-Midway Airport, IL to Newark International Airport, NJ as the crow flies is 1133 km (708 miles).

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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