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Last updated: 28 November 2021
Datum:Donnerstag 22 November 2001
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic LJ25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 25B
Fluggesellschaft:Universal Jet Aviation
Kennzeichen: N5UJ
Werknummer: 25-088
Baujahr: 1972
Triebwerk: 2 General Electric CJ610-6
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Pittsburgh International Airport, PA (PIT) (   USA)
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Flug von:Pittsburgh International Airport, PA (PIT/KPIT), USA
Flug nach:Boca Raton Public Airport, FL (BCT/KBCT), USA
The Learjet attained a very nose high attitude (about 45 degrees) while trying to get airborne. The aircraft barely climbed, veered off runway 28L, crashed and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBALE CAUSE: "The (undetermined) pilot-at-the-controls' early, and over rotation of the airplane's nose during the takeoff attempt, and his failure to maintain directional control. Also causal, was the captain's inadequate remedial action, both during the takeoff attempt and after the airplane departed the runway."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 9 months
Accident number: IAD02FA018
Download report: Summary report



photo of Learjet-25B-N5UJ
accident date: 22-11-2001
type: Learjet 25B
registration: N5UJ

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Pittsburgh International Airport, PA to Boca Raton Public Airport, FL as the crow flies is 1559 km (974 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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