ASN Aircraft accident Learjet 35A N880Z El Cajon, San Diego
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Status:Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Date:Monday 27 December 2021
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 35A
Operator:Aeromedevac Air Ambulance
Registration: N880Z
MSN: 35A-591
First flight: 1985
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:El Cajon, San Diego (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Santa Ana-John Wayne International Airport, CA (SNA/KSNA), United States of America
Destination airport:San Diego-Gillespie Field, CA (SEE/KSEE), United States of America
A Learjet 35A crashed in a residential area, killing all on board. The aircraft was completing the turn for the final approach to runway 27R at San Diego-Gillespie Field, California. It struck Pepper Drive in a residential area of El Cajon, San Diego, 2,6 km east of the runway threshold and burst into flames.

At 19:08 Gillespie Tower cleared the flight to land on runway 17. At 19:11 the flight contacted Gillespie Tower, cancelling their IFR clearance and requesting to land on runway 27R. This was approved and the Tower controller cleared the flight for a left hand traffic pattern for runway 27R. The flight crew then requested the runway lights to be turned up, to which the controller replied that "they are at a 100% now".

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: WPR22FA068
Download report: Preliminary report



METAR Weather report:
02:55 UTC / 18:55 local time:
KSEE 280255Z VRB05KT 3SM BR BKN020 OVC026 10/08 A2998

03:55 UTC / 19:55 local time:
KSEE 280355Z VRB05KT 3SM BR SCT011 BKN020 11/09 A2996


photo of Learjet-35A-N880Z

Video, social media

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line is connecting ADS-B datapoints from AX.
Distance from Santa Ana-John Wayne International Airport, CA to San Diego-Gillespie Field, CA as the crow flies is 125 km (78 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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