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Last updated: 23 May 2019
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 27 October 1998
Time:14:56
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ45 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 45
Operator:Lear Jet Corp.
Registration: N454LJ
C/n / msn: 45-004
First flight: 1996
Total airframe hrs:339
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Wallops Island, VA (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Chincoteague-Wallops Flight Center, VA (WAL/KWAL), United States of America
Destination airport:Chincoteague-Wallops Flight Center, VA (WAL/KWAL), United States of America
Narrative:
Water ingestion test flights. Failure of the pilot to obtain/maintain alignment with the water pool on runway 22 resulted in loss of control. The Learjet departed the left side of the runway, and struck a pickup truck parked adjacent to the runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the pilot to obtain/maintain alignment with the water pool, which resulted in the loss of control. Factors in the accident were the inadequate preflight planning of the flight test facility and the airplane manufacturer which resulted in hazards in the test area and the subsequent collision of the airplane with a vehicle. "

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 5 months
Accident number: IAD99FA008
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» NTSB


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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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