ASN Aircraft accident Learjet 55 N55LF Fort Lauderdale-Executive Airport, FL (FXE)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 19 July 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ55 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 55
Operator:Hop-A-Jet Inc
Registration: N55LF
MSN: 55-112
First flight: 1984
Total airframe hrs:6318
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-3
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Fort Lauderdale-Executive Airport, FL (FXE) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Fort Lauderdale International Airport, FL (FLL/KFLL), United States of America
Destination airport:Fort Lauderdale-Executive Airport, FL (FXE/KFXE), United States of America
The airplane touched down on runway 31 about 1,500 feet from the threshold and the rain become extremely heavy at that point. The pilot deployed thrust reverser and applied brakes. He felt the airplane was not slowing down, believing the airplane's tire was hydroplaning on the runway surface due to the amount of rain falling, and elected to perform a go-around. He closed the thrust reverser and advanced the throttles to increase engine power. The airplane did not accelerate. At this point, the pilot realized he was running out space on the runway and braced for impact. The airplane traveled past the end of the runway passing a section of grass and gravel area before crossing taxiway F. The nose and main gear sheared off from the fuselage at that point due to the step up to the taxiway from the grass area. The fuselage slid the remaining way on its belly and knocked down a chain link fence protecting a wild life reserve area for ground owls and turtles. The fuselage came to stop in a nose-high attitude on a sand embankment in front of a ditch.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight crew's decision to continue the approach into known area of potentially severe weather (Thunderstorm), which resulted in the flight encountering a 30 knot cross wind, heavy rain, low-level wind shear, and hydroplaning on a ungrooved contaminated runway."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 years
Accident number: MIA04FA107
Download report: Summary report

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Distance from Fort Lauderdale International Airport, FL to Fort Lauderdale-Executive Airport, FL as the crow flies is 14 km (9 miles).

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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