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Date:Wednesday 28 December 2005
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 35A
Operator:Skyward Aviation
Registration: N781RS
MSN: 35A-218
First flight: 1978
Total airframe hrs:9244
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-2-2B
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:0,5 km (0.3 mls) E of Truckee Airport, CA (TKF) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Twin Falls City County Airport, ID (TWF/KTWF), United States of America
Destination airport:Truckee Airport, CA (TKF/KTRK), United States of America
The Learjet was being ferried to Truckee (TKF) to pick up passengers. The Oakland ARTCC cleared the flight for a VOR/DME RNAV (GPS-A) approach to the Truckee-Tahoe Airport. The Learjet was observed to turn onto the base and final approach legs for runway 28, while continuing to increase its left bank angle. In close to a 90-degree left bank the nose pitched down and crashed on estimated 10-degree up sloping ground, about 1/3-mile east of the approach end of runway 28.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's inadequate compensation for the gusty crosswind condition and failure to maintain an adequate airspeed while maneuvering in a steep turn close to the ground."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Accident number: LAX06FA071
Download report: Summary report
Language: English

Loss of control



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Distance from Twin Falls City County Airport, ID to Truckee Airport, CA as the crow flies is 587 km (367 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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Learjet 35

  • 738 built
  • 62nd loss
  • 43rd fatal accident
  • 24th worst accident (at the time)
  • 31st worst accident (currently)
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