Accident description
Last updated: 31 October 2014
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 2 May 2000
Time:14:39
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 35A
Operator:Northern Executive Aviation
Registration: G-MURI
C/n / msn: 35A-646
First flight: 1988
Total airframe hrs:4291
Cycles:3637
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-2-2B
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Lyon Satolas Airport (LYS) (   France) show on map
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Farnborough Airport (FAB/EGLF), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE/LFMN), France
Flightnumber: 4B
Narrative:
Learjet G-MURI departed Farnborough at 11:22 GMT for a flight to Nice. At 12:22 GMT, during cruise flight at FL390, no. 1 engine problems forced the crew to shut it down. The captain then radioed: "Mayday Mayday Mayday Nex four Bravo we’ve lost an engine at flight level three nine zero and we’re in the descent". Air traffic control suggested a diversion to Lyon-Satolas. The aircraft was positioned for a runway 36L ILS approach. At the end of the unstabilized final approach, the airplane descended a little bit below the glide slope. Significant power was then added on the no. 2 engine, following which the aircraft banked to the left causing the wing to touch the ground. The aircraft crashed next to the runway and caught fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident resulted from a loss of yaw and then roll control which appears to be due to the failure to monitor flight symmetry at the time of the thrust increase on the right engine. The hastiness exhibited by the captain and his difficulty in coping with the stress following the engine failure, contributed to this situation."

Sources:

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA) - France
report status: Final
report number: BEA g-ri000502
download report: BEA g-ri000502
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Distance from Farnborough Airport to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport as the crow flies is 1029 km (643 miles).

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