ASN Aircraft accident Learjet 35A T-24 Pebble Island (Isla Borbón)
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Date:Monday 7 June 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 35A
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Argentina - FAA
Registration: T-24
MSN: 35A-333
First flight: 1980
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-2-2B
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off Pebble Island (Isla Borbón) (   Falkland Islands)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Comodoro Rivadavia Airport, CB (CRD/SAVC), Argentina
Destination airport:Comodoro Rivadavia Airport, CB (CRD/SAVC), Argentina
During the 1982 Falklands War (Guerra de las Malvinas) two Learjet 35 jets took off from Comodoro Rivadavia Airport, CB (CRD), Argentina at 08:00 for a photo reconnaissance mission. 'Nardo 1' (Learjet T-24) and 'Nardo 2' (Learjet LV-ONN) climbed to FL400 towards the Falkland Islands.
About 09:10 the crew of Nardo 2 saw two small explosions on the surface of the Bay of San Carlos followed by an ascending trail of a missile. The surface-to-air Sea Dart missile was fired by HMS Exeter.
Nardo 1 was struck by the missile and burst into flames, spiralling down. Nardo 2 quickly returned to Comodoro Rivadavia were it landed at 10:40.

Shot down from the ground
Loss of control

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