ASN Aircraft accident Learjet 45 N454LJ Wallops Island, VA
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 27 October 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ45 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 45
Operator:Lear Jet Corp.
Registration: N454LJ
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)
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
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:

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

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