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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
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Date:Tuesday 18 January 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 25B
Operator:Yugoslav Government
Registration: YU-BJH
C/n / msn: 25-186
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:30 km (18.8 mls) W of Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) (   Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Official state flight
Departure airport:Beograd Airport (BEG/LYBE), Serbia
Destination airport:Sarajevo Airport (SJJ/LQSA), Bosnia and Herzegovina
Narrative:
A Learjet 25B corporate jet was destroyed when it flew into the side of a mountain near Sarajevo. The airplane was carrying Yugoslav Prime Minister Dzemal Bijedic. The pilot initiated the procedural turn on approach was initiated 5.5 km further than prescribed and below the minimum altitude. Also, the airspeed was
69 km/h higher than permitted on approach.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Flight International 21-1-1978
» The Bryan Times - Jan 19, 1977


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Distance from Beograd Airport to Sarajevo Airport as the crow flies is 191 km (119 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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