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Date:Friday 8 January 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ36 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 36A
Operator:Phoenix Air
Registration: N79SF
MSN: 36-041
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:3039
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-2-2B
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:16 km (10 mls) SW of Monroe Municipal Airport, LA (MLU) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Memphis International Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), United States of America
Destination airport:Monroe Municipal Airport, LA (MLU/KMLU), United States of America
Crashed during an ILS approach in a slight noseup, slight right wing down attitude, with a high vertical rate of descent, and a high forward speed. The copilot was not rated in the aircraft and had logged a total of 7.9 of jet time in his logbook.

Probable Cause:

descent..excessive..pilot in command
level off..not performed..pilot in command
inattentive..pilot in command
lack of total experience in type of aircraft..copilot/second pilot

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years
Accident number: FTW88MA047
Download report: Summary report
Language: English

Flightcrew un(der)qualified
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground



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Distance from Memphis International Airport, TN to Monroe Municipal Airport, LA as the crow flies is 338 km (211 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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