Accident description
Last updated: 21 August 2014
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 14 January 1987
Time:13:31
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 35A
Operator:Fidinam Fiduciara
Registration: HB-VGC
C/n / msn: 35A-259
First flight: 1979
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-2-2B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Lugano Airport (LUG) (   Switzerland) show on map
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE/LFMN), France
Destination airport:Lugano Airport (LUG/LSZA), Switzerland
Narrative:
A Learjet 35A corporate jet, HB-VGC, sustained substantial damage in a runway excursion accident at Lugano Airport (LUG), Switzerland. Both crew members survived.
The airplane overran the snow covered runway at Lugano, crossed a road and came to rest in a field.


CAUSE:
The accident was due to a runway excursion of the aircraft due to insufficient deceleration after landing on a runway made slippery by a light layer of snow.
Elements that played a role:
- Absence of a report on the state of the track
- Information provided was too optimistic and partly on the wrong runway conditions
- Overly optimistic assessment of the overall situation on the part of the crew
- Condition of the tires
- Late opening of the parachute brake

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Commission fédérale d'enquête sur les accidents d'aviation - Switzerland
report status: Final
report number: No 1987/1-1282
report released:28-AUG-1991
duration of investigation:1687 days (4 years 7.6 months)
download report: No 1987/1-1282
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Distance from Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport to Lugano Airport as the crow flies is 291 km (182 miles).

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