Accident description
Last updated: 23 November 2014
Status:Final
Date:Friday 16 May 1997
Time:13:14 MDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 35A
Operator:First Air Jet Charter
Registration: N1AH
C/n / msn: 35A-398
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:8019
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: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Great Falls, MT (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Great Falls International Airport, MT (GTF/KGTF), United States of America
Destination airport:Dallas-Love Field, TX (DAL/KDAL), United States of America
Narrative:
The airplane became airborne about 3,500 feet down the runway; the crew subsequently lost control of the aircraft, and it crashed to the left of the runway, and a fire erupted. An engine failure was simulated as a training exercise.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain's inadequate preflight planning/preparation, and the subsequent improper response to a simulated loss of engine power, resulting in liftoff at an airspeed below that for which sustained flight was possible."

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Great Falls International Airport, MT to Dallas-Love Field, TX as the crow flies is 2020 km (1263 miles).

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