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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 4 March 1998
Time:13:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 23
Operator:Sierra West Airlines
Registration: N37BL
C/n / msn: 23-069
First flight: 1965
Total airframe hrs:6747
Engines: 2 General Electric CJ610
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Oakdale Airport, CA (ODC) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Stockton Airport, CA (SCK/KSCK), United States of America
Destination airport:Oakdale Airport, CA (ODC), United States of America
Narrative:
A Learjet 23, N37BL, was substantially damaged when it landed gear up at the Oakdale, California, airport. Both pilots were not injured. The flight was operating on a familiarization and training flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the flight crew to extend the landing gear before landing."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 114 days (4 months)
Accident number: LAX98LA105
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Wheel(s) up landing

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Stockton Airport, CA to Oakdale Airport, CA as the crow flies is 41 km (26 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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