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Accident description
Last updated: 4 October 2015
Date:Thursday 7 June 2012
Type:Learjet 60
Operator:Performance Aircraft Leasing Inc.
Registration: N500SW
C/n / msn: 60-017
First flight: 1993
Total airframe hrs:6456
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW305
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, CO (ASE) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Opa-Locka Airport, FL (OPF/KOPF), United States of America
Destination airport:Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, CO (ASE/KASE), United States of America
A Learjet 60 jet sustained damage in a runway excursion accident at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, CO (ASE). There were no injuries among the six passengers and two crew members.
The airplane veered off the side of the runway on landing and came to rest with a collapsed right main landing gear.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The first officer’s failure to maintain adequate airspeed and his exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle-of-attack during the final approach in known low-level windshear conditions, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall. Contributing to the accident were the first officer’s failure to initiate a go-around when commanded and the captain's lack of remedial action when he recognized that the approach was unstabilized."

Runway excursion

» The Aspen Times


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Distance from Opa-Locka Airport, FL to Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, CO as the crow flies is 2864 km (1790 miles).

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