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Accident description
Last updated: 29 June 2017
Date:Monday 4 June 1984
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 23
Operator:Air Continental
Registration: N101PP
C/n / msn: 23-085
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:8489
Engines: 2 General Electric CJ610-4
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ca 2 km SSE of Windsor Locks-Bradley International Airport, CT (BDL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Syracuse-Hancock International Airport, NY (SYR/KSYR), United States of America
Destination airport:Windsor Locks-Bradley International Airport, CT (BDL/KBDL), United States of America
Asymmetric spoiler configuration while on approach to runway 33. Turned right with a bank increasing to 90deg; lost control, crashed and burned.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An uncommanded roll to the right which caused the airplane to roll about 90°and descend into the ground. The cause of the uncommanded roll was an asymmetric retraction of the flight spoilers wherein the left spoiler retracted and the right spoiler did not. The Safety Board could not determine the reason for the right spoiler malfunction."

Accident investigation:
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
status: Final
number: NTSB/AAR-85/02
released:5 March 1985
duration: 274 days (9 months)
download report: NTSB/AAR-85/02

Loss of control



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Distance from Syracuse-Hancock International Airport, NY to Windsor Locks-Bradley International Airport, CT as the crow flies is 307 km (192 miles).

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