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Last updated: 5 March 2021
Date:Friday 13 November 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ55 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 55
Operator:Gates Learjet
Registration: N57TA
C/n / msn: 55-010
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Waterkloof (   South Africa)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Waterkloof Air Force Base (WKF/FAWK), South Africa
Destination airport:?
Crashed while performing low level aerobatics. A barrel roll was attempted at 155 knots speed at 690 feet.

Loss of control


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