Accident Learjet 60 N500SW,
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Date:Thursday 7 June 2012
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Learjet 60
Owner/operator:Performance Aircraft Leasing Inc.
Registration: N500SW
MSN: 60-017
Year of manufacture:1993
Total airframe hrs:6456 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PW305
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Substantial, written off
Location:Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, CO (ASE) -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Opa-locka Airport, FL (OPF/KOPF)
Destination airport:Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, CO (ASE/KASE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
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."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN12LA345
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years 1 month
Download report: Final report


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