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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 18 June 1994
Time:06:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 25D
Operator:TAESA
Registration: XA-BBA
C/n / msn: 25-223
First flight: 1977
Total airframe hrs:6118
Cycles:5664
Engines: 2 General Electric CJ610-6
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) S of Washington-Dulles International Airport, DC (IAD) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New Orleans-Lakefront Airport, LA (NEW/KNEW), United States of America
Destination airport:Washington-Dulles International Airport, DC (IAD/KIAD), United States of America
Narrative:
The inexperienced captain continued the unstabilized runway 01R ILS approach and descended below the authorized altitude without visual contact. The Learjet struck trees and crashed 0,8nm short of the Dulles runway threshold.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The poor decisionmaking, poor airmanship, and relative inexperience of the captain in initiating and continuing an unstabilized instrument approach that led to a descent below the authorized altitude without visual contact with the runway environment. Contributing to the cause of the accident was the lack of a ground proximity warning system on the airplane."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 262 days (9 months)
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-95/02
Download report: Final report

Classification:

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» NTSB-AAR-95-02


Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from New Orleans-Lakefront Airport, LA to Washington-Dulles International Airport, DC as the crow flies is 1507 km (942 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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