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Last updated: 19 September 2019
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 30 March 1983
Time:05:14
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 25
Operating for:Hughes Charter Air
Leased from:Chatham Corp.
Registration: N51CA
C/n / msn: 25-030
First flight: 1969
Total airframe hrs:5750
Engines: 2 General Electric CJ610-6
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 5 m (16 feet) amsl
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Chicago-Midway Airport, IL (MDW/KMDW), United States of America
Destination airport:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), United States of America
Flightnumber: 27
Narrative:
Night check courier flight. The Learjet descended steep and fast for runway 04R and bounced on landing. It banked to the right, hit the ground and burned. Both pilots exposed to marijuana and CO2 in blood from smoking.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "(a) Loss of control following ground contact, (b) an unstabilized approach. and c) impairment of the flightcrew's judgment, decisionmaking, and flying abilities by a combination of physioIogical and psychological factors."