Accident Learjet 60 N64MG, 11 Oct 2011
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 288805
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Time:22:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Learjet 60
Owner/operator:Mercer Air LLC
Registration: N64MG
MSN: 224
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Lafayette, Indiana -   United States of America
Phase: Taxi
Departure airport:Lafayette-Purdue University Airport, IN (LAF/KLAF)
Destination airport:Seattle-Boeing Field International Airport, WA (BFI/KBFI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot stated that he was taxiing from the ramp area with the taxi lights on. He said that the edge of the ramp was not marked, and before he could complete a turn, the nosewheel departed the pavement. He attempted to taxi across the grass area to the parallel taxiway about 50 feet from the ramp. However, the airplane struck a drainage ditch located between the ramp and the taxiway, which caused substantial damage to the delta fins on the underside of the aft fuselage. The pilot said that there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane. He said that the ramp was poorly illuminated and the high overcast clouds combined to create "very dark" lighting conditions.

Probable Cause: The pilot's decision to taxi the airplane across an unpaved area after the nosewheel inadvertently departed the ramp pavement.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report

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