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Last updated: 6 April 2020
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Freitag 19 Januar 1979
Zeit:19:34
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic LJ25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 25D
Fluggesellschaft:Massey-Ferguson
Kennzeichen: N137GL
Werknummer: 25-237
Baujahr: 1978
Betriebsstunden:299
Triebwerk: 2 General Electric CJ610-8A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 6 / Insassen: 6
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW) (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Geschäftsflug
Flug von:South Bend Regional, IN (SBN/KSBN), USA
Flug nach:Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW/KDTW), USA
Unfallbericht:
The Learjet 25D rolled violently, lost control and crashed while on approach to runway 09 at Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW). Loss of control was caused by icing and/or preceding DC-9 wake vortex and/or a delayed application of engine thrust during an attempted go-around.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's loss of control. The loss of control may have been caused by wake turbulence of a departing aircraft, by a premature stall caused by an accumulation of wing ice, by a delayed application of engine thrust during an attempted go-around, or by any combination of these factors."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-80-04
Download report: Final report


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Distance from South Bend Regional, IN to Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI as the crow flies is 250 km (156 miles).

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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Learjet 25

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