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Last updated: 17 April 2021
Datum:zondag 24 oktober 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 35A
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Med Flight Air Ambulance
Registratie: N30DK
Constructienummer: 35A-345
Bouwjaar: 1980
Aantal vlieguren:10047
Motoren: 2 Garrett TFE731-2-2B
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 2
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Totaal:slachtoffers: 5 / inzittenden: 5
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:13 km (8.1 mijl) E of San Diego-Brown Field Municipal Airport, CA (SDM) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Ferry
Vliegveld van vertrek:San Diego-Brown Field Municipal Airport, CA (SDM/KSDM), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Albuquerque International Airport, NM (ABQ/KABQ), Verenigde Staten
The flight departed Brown Field's runway 08 at 00:23 after dropping a medical patient off, and was returning to Albuquerque. It climbed straight ahead and the SoCAL TRACON controller instructed the pilots to turn to a heading of 020 degrees, maintain VFR (visual flight rules), and expect their IFR clearance above 5,000 feet. The aircraft then entered a broken-to-overcast layer of clouds and crashed into the Otay Mountain at an altitude of 2300 feet.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight crew's failure to maintain terrain clearance during a visual flight rules (VFR) departure, which resulted in controlled flight into terrain, and the air traffic controller's issuance of a clearance that transferred the responsibility for terrain clearance from the flight crew to the controller. Additionally, the controller's failure to provide terrain clearance instructions to the flight crew, and failure to advise the flight crew of the minimum safe altitude warning (MSAW) alerts was also causal to the accident."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Accident number: NTSB AAB-06-05
Download report: Final report




Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen San Diego-Brown Field Municipal Airport, CA en Albuquerque International Airport, NM bedraagt 990 km (619 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from 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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Learjet 35

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