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Last updated: 19 October 2021
Fecha:martes 24 mayo 1988
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic LJ35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 35A
Registración: N500RW
Numéro de série: 35A-148
Año de Construcción: 1978
Horas Totales de la Célula:4735
Motores: 2 Garrett TFE731-2-2B
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 2 / Ocupantes: 2
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 2 / Ocupantes: 2
Total:Fatalidades: 4 / Ocupantes: 4
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:West Paterson, NJ (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Teterboro Airport, NJ (TEB/KTEB), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Morristown Municipal Airport, NJ (MMU/KMMU), Estados Unidos de América
The Learjet departed with several discrepancies and with two unauthorized passengers on board, one was the co-pilot's wife. The aircraft climbed to and levelled at 1900 feet. The plane rolled inverted, and struck the terrain in 80 degrees nose down, wings level attitude and heading opposite to direction of flight, very near the co-pilot's home. The copilot was new to jet operations.

Probable Cause:

maneuver .. attempted .. pilot in command
judgment .. poor .. pilot in command
altitude .. misjudged .. pilot in command
light condition .. dark night
lack of total experience in type operation .. pilot in command
lack of total experience in type operation .. copilot/second pilot

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Accident number: ATL88MA184
Download report: Summary report



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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 Teterboro Airport, NJ to Morristown Municipal Airport, NJ as the crow flies is 30 km (19 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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