Saturday, February 2, 2019

Learjet 25D, operated by WMG Techno-Logistic C.A., YV1738: Accident occurred September 22, 2016 at Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (TJIG), San Juan, Puerto Rico

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Juan, Puerto Rico

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms




Location: San Juan, PR
Accident Number: ERA16LA323
Date & Time: 09/22/2016, 1820 AST
Registration: YV1738
Aircraft: LEARJET 25
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business

On September 22, 2016, about 1820 Atlantic standard time (AST), a Learjet 25D, Venezuelan registration YV1738, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion while landing at Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (TJIG), San Juan, Puerto Rico. The foreign-certificated pilot, co-pilot, and one passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated by WMG Techno-Logistic, C.A. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (MDPC) about 1750 AST.

The pilot reported that the runway appeared to be wet as they were cleared to land. There was light rain on the windshield, and the rain intensified as they approached the runway. After a smooth landing on runway 9, as the airplane decelerated through 80 to 90 knots, the airplane began to hydroplane, and departed the runway surface to the left, into the grass. As the airplane crossed the intersecting taxiway, the left main landing gear collapsed, the airplane completed a 180-degree turn, and came to rest in the grass. The crew and passenger egressed the airplane and were met by first responders. The pilot later reported that there were no mechanical anomalies or malfunctions that would have prevented normal operation of the airplane.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. The left main landing gear actuator support beam was structurally damaged. The left wing tip fuel tank was scraped on the lower side. Rudder control continuity was confirmed.

Runway 9 was 5,539 feet long and 100 feet wide. The runway surface was noted as "asphalt, in good condition." The runway was not grooved. FAA inspectors observed tire skid marks from all three landing gear on the runway, leading to the resting position of the wreckage. The skid marks were white in color.

A subsequent examination of the main landing gear tires revealed that three of the four tires were worn to the point where no measurable tread remained. The number 4 (right, outboard) main tire measured 1.17mm tread remaining. The main landing gear tires installed at the time of the accident were approved by the airplane manufacturer.

The Goodyear aircraft tire maintenance manual stated, regarding treadwear, "Inspect treads visually and check remaining tread. Tires should be removed when tread has worn to the base of any groove at any spot, or up to 1/8 of the tire circumference."

The weather at TIG at 1820 included wind from 350 degrees at 8 knots, 2 statute miles visibility in thunderstorms, overcast ceiling at 2,000 feet, and altimeter 29.94 inches of mercury. A U.S. Customs agent reported that there was heavy rain at the time of the accident. The passenger on the airplane reported that there was 2 to 4 inches of water on the taxiway and runway and it was "raining profusely." 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Commercial; Foreign
Age: 33, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/02/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/30/2016
Flight Time:  2200 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1400 hours (Total, this make and model), 1700 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 125 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Co-Pilot Information


Certificate: Airline Transport; Foreign
Age: 48, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/07/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/31/2016
Flight Time:   6800 hours (Total, all aircraft), 25 hours (Total, this make and model), 6600 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 90 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 32 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: LEARJET
Registration: YV1738
Model/Series: 25 D
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1983
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Transport
Serial Number: 363
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 10
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  09/06/2016, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 15000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Turbo Jet
Airframe Total Time: 5330 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: General Electric
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: CJ-610-8A
Registered Owner: WMG Techno-Logistic C.A.
Rated Power: 2950 lbs
Operator: WMG Techno-Logistic C.A.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan


Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: TJIG, 10 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 1820 AST
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  2 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 2000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 350°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 24°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Moderate - Thunderstorms - No Precipitation
Departure Point: Punta Cana, FN (MDPC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: San Juan, PR (TJIG)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 1750 AST
Type of Airspace: Class C

Airport Information

Airport: Fernando Dominicci Airport (TJIG)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 10 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Standing Water; Wet
Runway Used: 09
IFR Approach:  Global Positioning System; RNAV
Runway Length/Width: 5539 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 18.457500, -66.096111 (est)

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