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Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 19 February 2018
Date:Sunday 30 November 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 35A
Registration: (N175BA)
C/n / msn: 35A-299
First flight: 1980
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:SW of San Fernando de Apure (   Venezuela)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
A Learjet 35 jet violated Venezuelan airspace at 22:17 and flew for about 55 minutes before landing at a clandestine airstrip near San Fernando de Apure. Upon arrival the airplane was immobilized by military forces. Army personnel visited the airplane the next day and burned it.
The registration mark as painted on the aircraft, N175BA, is likely fake as it belonged to a Learjet 23 that was cancelled in 1988.
The paint scheme of the airplane is very similar to that of PT-XLI, msn 35A-299. The certificate of airworthiness of PT-XLI was suspended because the it did not pass the Annual Maintenance Inspection (IAM).


» La Patilla, 3-12-2014


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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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