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Last updated: 13 October 2019
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 8 September 1977
Time:20:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 25B
Operator:Champion Home Builders
Registration: N999HG
C/n / msn: 25-178
First flight: 1974
Total airframe hrs:700
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Sanford, NC (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Sanford-Lee County Regional Airport, NC (KTTA), United States of America
Destination airport:Flint-Bishop Airport, MI (FNT/KFNT), United States of America
Narrative:
One or more low-order explosions in the aft fuselage resulted in a fire. While climbing trough 3000 feet following departure, the plane lost control and crashed. Possible factors: gases from the batteries or fuel leakage from fuel system components .

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "One or more low-order explosions in the aircraft's aft fuselage which resulted in a fire and loss of control capability. The Safety Board could not determine conclusively the fuel and ignition sources of the initial explosion; however, gases from the aircraft's batteries or fuel leakage from fuel system components, or both, could have been present in the area of the initial explosion."

Classification:

Loss of control

Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from Sanford-Lee County Regional Airport, NC to Flint-Bishop Airport, MI as the crow flies is 906 km (567 miles).

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Learjet 25

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  • 10th loss
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