ASN Aircraft accident Learjet 35A N86BE Marianna Municipal Airport, FL
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 5 April 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 35A
Registration: N86BE
MSN: 35A-194
First flight: 1978
Total airframe hrs:13262
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-2-2B
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Marianna Municipal Airport, FL (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Opa-locka Airport, FL (OPF/KOPF), United States of America
Destination airport:Marianna Municipal Airport, FL (KMAI), United States of America
Check ride out of Opa-locka. While on finals to runway 36 the plane pitched up, the right wing dropped, and the airplane struck trees right wing low. The Learjet traveled through the trees, struck wires, caught fire, and impacted on a hard surface road.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane while on final approach resulting in the airplane striking trees. Factors in this accident were: improper planning of the approach, and not obtaining the proper alignment with the runway."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 9 months
Accident number: MIA00FA129
Download report: Summary report

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground



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Distance from Opa-locka Airport, FL to Marianna Municipal Airport, FL as the crow flies is 724 km (452 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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