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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Statuts:Enquête Préliminaire
Date:jeudi 18 février 2021
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic LJ55 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 55C
Compagnie:Royal Air Freight
Immatriculation: N559RA
Numéro de série: 55-146
Année de Fabrication: 1990
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 2
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 2
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Lieu de l'accident:Jeffersonville-Clark Regional Airport, IN (JVY) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: A l'atterrissage (LDG)
Aéroport de départ:Fort Myers-Southwest Florida International Airport, FL (RSW/KRSW), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Jeffersonville-Clark Regional Airport, IN (JVY/KJVY), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol:399
Royal Air Freight flight 399, a Learjet 55, landed on the closed runway 32 at Jeffersonville-Clark Regional Airport, Indiana, USA, and slid off the end. The two pilots on board were not injured.
The flight crew briefed and set up for the instrument landing system approach (ILS) to runway 18, expecting to break out of the overcast cloud layer and execute a visual approach to runway 36 due to more favorable winds. Upon exiting the overcast the captain activated the airport’s pilot controlled lighting system and the first officer saw the runway. Both pilots believed the runway that they saw was runway 36. They maneuvered the airplane visually toward the runway that was in-sight and executed a landing. Upon touchdown it became clear that they had inadvertently landed on runway 32, which they new was closed.
The airplane struck a snow berm at the edge of the intersection with runway 36, the landing gear broke from the airplane and the airplane slid to a stop. The airplane sustained damage to the landing gear, lower fuselage, wings and ventral strakes.

The runway had been closed due to the large amount of snow. The runway was covered with about 4 inches of snow that had yet to be cleared. The airport manager noted that the runway lights were on due to the snowplow operations that were taking place as an aid in determining the location of the runway edge. There were no plow trucks on runway 32 at the time of the accident because they had stopped for a dinner break.

Runway 14/32 was closed by NOTAM: JVY RWY 14/32 CLSD 2102141410-2102192359. (At the time of the incident, the runway was due to be closed another 24 hours.)
Amateur photographs taken the day following the incident revealed the airplane beyond the departure end of Runway 32, resting on the fuselage as all 3 landing gear had separated.

The NTSB published a Preliminary Report and assigned the accident number

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: CEN21LA136


METAR Weather report:
00:15 UTC / 19:15 local time:
KJVY 190015Z AUTO 36005KT 10SM OVC025 M01/M05 A3026 RMK AO2 T10151050 TSNO

23:35 UTC / 18:35 local time:
KJVY 182335Z AUTO 00000KT 10SM SCT025 BKN043 M01/M05 A3026 RMK AO2 T10141051 TSNO

23:55 UTC / 18:55 local time:
KJVY 182355Z AUTO 03003KT 10SM BKN025 OVC043 M01/M05 A3026 RMK AO2 T10151051 11005 21023 TSNO

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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Fort Myers-Southwest Florida International Airport, FL et Jeffersonville-Clark Regional Airport, IN est de 1359 km (849 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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