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Last updated: 7 April 2020
Datum:Mittwoch 12 November 2003
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic LJ24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 24D
Fluggesellschaft:Multi-Aero, Inc.
Kennzeichen: N77JL
Werknummer: 24-286
Baujahr: 1974
Anzahl Zyklen der Zelle:6504
Triebwerk: 2 General Electric CJ610-6
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 4
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Belleville, IL (   USA)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Flug von:Saint Louis-Bi-State Parks Airport, MO (CPS/KCPS), USA
Flug nach:North Platte-Lee Bird Field, NE (LBF/KLBF), USA
Shortly after departure from St. Louis' Downtown Airport runway 12R the pilot carried out a forced landing due to a loss of engine power. The Learjet crash-landed in a field and burst into flames some four miles from the airport. The airplane had encountered a flock of birds, presumably European starlings.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The total loss of power to the right engine and the partial loss of power to the left engine after the airplane encountered a flock of birds during initial climb out, resulting in impeded ram induction airflow."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 2 months
Accident number: CHI04FA029
Download report: Summary report

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photo of Learjet-24DXR-N59GL
accident date: 12-11-2003
type: Learjet 24DXR
registration: N59GL

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Saint Louis-Bi-State Parks Airport, MO to North Platte-Lee Bird Field, NE as the crow flies is 935 km (585 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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