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Last updated: 17 October 2019
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 15 July 1997
Time:19:53
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 35A
Operator:Orion Aircraft Sales
Registration: N19LH
C/n / msn: 35A-279
First flight: 1980
Total airframe hrs:13726
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-2-2B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Avon Park Municipal Airport, FL (AVO) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Fort Lauderdale-Executive Airport, FL (FXE/KFXE), United States of America
Destination airport:Avon Park Municipal Airport, FL (AVO/KAVO), United States of America
Narrative:
Touched down far down runway after an unstabilized approach. Reversers were deployed and a little later a go around was initiated. It came off the ground 30-40 feet, wobbled and struck some wires before crashing into a field.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A loss of engine power as a result of the thrust reversers being deployed and subsequent in-flight collision with wires. Factors in this accident were the pilot's disregard for procedures, and the improper use of the thrust reversers. "

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 293 days (10 months)
Accident number: MIA97FA213
Download report: Summary report

Classification:


Loss of control

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Fort Lauderdale-Executive Airport, FL to Avon Park Municipal Airport, FL as the crow flies is 204 km (127 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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