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Last updated: 20 October 2021
Date:Friday 27 November 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic L29B model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1329-25 JetStar II
Registration: N787WB
MSN: 5210
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:5938
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Austin-Robert Mueller Municipal, TX (AUS) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Houston-William P. Hobby Airport, TX (HOU/KHOU), United States of America
Destination airport:Austin-Robert Mueller Municipal, TX (AUS/KAUS), United States of America
A Lockheed L-1329-25 JetStar II, N787WB, impacted an airport sign and terrain following a loss of nose wheel steering during the landing roll on runway 13R at Austin-Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, Texas.
The pilot reported hearing a loud pop as the nose gear settled onto the runway during landing. The aircraft veered hard to the right and application of the left brake had no effect. The airplane skidded 978 feet before exiting the runway near taxiway Papa. The airplane struck a runway marker and subsequently collapsed the nose landing gear. The aircraft traveled an additional 120 feet before coming to rest.

Probable Cause:

The steering actuator fatigue failure resulting from inadequate procedure documentation for the manufacturing process.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 3 months
Accident number: FTW99LA045
Download report: Summary report

Runway excursion



photo of Lockheed-L-1329-25-JetStar-II-N787WB
accident date: 27-11-1998
type: Lockheed L-1329-25 JetStar II
registration: N787WB
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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