Private Jet Crashes — Deadly Approaches

Courtesy of AOPA | Illustration by Alex Williamson

Recently there has been a lot of high-profile jet crashes. These jets were operating under Part 135 or Part 91 of 14 of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulation (14 CFR). Many commentators and industry experts believe that there is a significant trend here. Most of these high-profile accidents relate to approach and landing, with some of the major ones being circling approaches. In this week’s On Aviation™ digest, we will take a look at some stories of private jet crashes, with the most recent being less than one week ago. One thing is for sure, every time we read about accidents, it is not to chastise or criticize pilots, but to learn from any mistakes that were made. For us pilots, we all have something to learn from every single accident, as we know that we are not infallible and that an accident could be waiting for us too, less we are vigilant.

What Went Wrong? Just A Short Flight

The National Transportation Safety Board on March 12, 2019, cited pilot error as theprobable cause in the 2017 fatal crash of a Learjet 35A that was circling to land at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. AOPA Air Safety Institute Executive Director Richard McSpadden provided an analysis of the accident.

By Richard McSpadden | AOPA

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Ntsb Releases Preliminary Report On Truckee Plane Crash That Killed 6 People, Including 4 With Valley Ties

The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on the Truckee plane crash that killed six people, including four with ties to the Coachella Valley. The aircraft, a Bombardier CL-600–2B16, was destroyed following a crash near the Truckee-Tahoe Airport (TRK) in Truckee, California at approximately 1:18 p.m. on July 26, 2021.

By Jesus Reyes | KESQ News

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Learjet Crashes At Gillespie Field In Southern California; Four Dead

A Learjet 35A crashed at Gillespie Field (KSEE) in El Cajon, California, around 7:15 local time Monday night (Dec. 27) while executing an overhead visual approach from the north to Runway 27R. The pilot had canceled his IFR clearance after flying a GPS instrument approach to Runway 17. ATC recordings reveal the pilot requesting the visual approach to 5,342-foot-long Runway 27R, which is 1,200 feet longer than Runway 17.

By: Mark Phelps | AVweb

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Four People Killed After Airplane Crashes In San Diego County, Faa Says

Related to the story above.

Four people were killed Monday evening when an airplane crashed in the El Cajon area of Southern California, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The victims were aboard a Learjet 35 business aircraft which departed from John Wayne Airport in Orange County and was headed to Gillespie Field in San Diego, FAA spokesman Rick Breitenfeldt told CNN on Tuesday.

By: Joe Sutton | CNN

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Thank you for reading this week’s digest. As a reminder, all that is shared in this digest is to learn from our colleagues who are no longer with us. Please take the liberty of sharing your condolences and thoughts in the comments below.

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