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Last updated: 25 September 2020
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Wednesday 7 April 1999
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 24D
Operator:Manacá Táxi Aéreo
Registration: PT-LEM
C/n / msn: 24-270
First flight: 1973
Engines: 2 General Electric CJ610-6
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Ribeirão Preto-Leite Lopes Airport, SP (RAO) (   Brazil)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:São Paulo (unknown airport), SP, Brazil
Destination airport:Ribeirão Preto-Leite Lopes Airport, SP (RAO/SBRP), Brazil
The Learjet operated on a training flight from São Paulo to Ribeirão Preto where the pilot was to conduct a revalidation of his pilot's license.
The flight crew conducted an NDB approach for a touch and go on runway 18 at Ribeirão Preto Airport. Just before touchdown, the aircraft banked right, causing the right hand wing tip tank to touch the runway. The pilot overcorrected, causing the aircraft to roll to the left to an inverted position. The aircraft impacted the runway and burst into flames.
It appeared that the pilot was used to flying Citation II jets and had very limited experience in Learjet 24D aircraft as copilot. Also, he had not flown for the last four months. The pilot's behavior showed excessive self-confidence, according to investigators.

Flightcrew un(der)qualified
Loss of control

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Learjet 24

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