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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 13 July 2004
Time:19:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 35A
Operator:Aviation Jet Charters
Registration: N829CA
C/n / msn: 35A-459
First flight: 1981
Total airframe hrs:9899
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-2-2B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Nevis-Newcastle Airport (NEV) (   St. Kitts and Nevis)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Ambulance
Departure airport:Sint Maarten-Juliana Airport (SXM/TNCM), Sint Maarten
Destination airport:Nevis-Newcastle Airport (NEV/TKPN), St. Kitts and Nevis
Narrative:
The Learjet was operating on an air ambulance flight from Sint Maarten to St. Kitts and Nevis. During the visual approach to runway 10 winds were reported 090 degrees at 16 knots. The pilot was holding Vref 125 plus 10 knots on final. The approach was normal until a downdraft on short final was experienced. The airplane sank and engine power was immediately advanced with an increase in pitch, but the airplane continued to sink. The airplane's main landing gear came in contact with the top of the barbwire fencing at the approach end of the runway. The airplane landed hard, just short of the threshold. The airplane was taxied to the ramp where a close-up examination revealed the left engine, flaps and both lower wing areas incurred substantial damage.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's encounter with a downdraft."

Classification:
Windshear/downdraft

Sources:
» FAA
» NTSB


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Distance from Sint Maarten-Juliana Airport to Nevis-Newcastle Airport as the crow flies is 107 km (67 miles).

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