Saturday, April 25, 2020

IAI 1125 Astra SP, YV3427: Accident occurred April 24, 2020 at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE), Broward County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miramar, Florida 
Gulfstream; Savannah, Georgia 
Honeywell; Phoenix, Arizona 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Accident Number: ERA20LA162
Date & Time: 04/24/2020, 1520 EDT
Registration: YV3427
Aircraft: IAI 1125
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 24, 2020, about 1520 eastern daylight time, an Israel Aircraft Industries 1125 Astra SP, Venezuelan registration YV3427, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The airline transport pilot, commercial copilot, and one passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that he was conducting a takeoff on runway 27 with the intended destination of Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS), Maiquetía, Venezuela. During the takeoff roll, at rotation speed, the airplane did not respond when the pilot pulled back on the control yoke. He tried to rotate again, and the airspeed was in excess of V1, about 130 knots. With no response, he performed a rejected takeoff with maximum braking and full reverse thrust. The airplane departed the end of runway 27, proceeded through the overrun, and into the grass beyond the runway. The airplane pivoted to the left and came to a stop in the grass, near the perimeter access road. The crew and passengers exited the airplane and were met by first responders.

Inspectors with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. The nose and right main landing gear collapsed during the accident sequence and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the forward fuselage and right wing. The passenger cabin was loaded with cargo, which was offloaded and weighed. First responders observed fuel leaking from the right-wing fuel tank.

The wreckage was retained for further investigation. The airplane was equipped with a cockpit voice recorder; it was removed and shipped to the NTSB Vehicle Recorders Laboratory, Washington, DC for readout. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: IAI
Registration: YV3427
Model/Series: 1125 Astra SP
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Inversiones SC 2012 C.A
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFXE, 14 ft msl
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 35°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 6000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / 22 knots, 230°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.88 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Fort Lauderdale, FL (FXE)
Destination: Maiquetía (CCS)

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: 26.197222, -80.170833 (est)

FORT LAUDERDALE, – A Venezuelan-registered Israel Aerospace Industries-manufactured twin-engine business jet ran off the end of the runway on April 24th at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport during a failed attempt to takeoff, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

According to Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, three people were onboard the IAI 1125 Astra SP, which was headed to Simon Bolivar International Airport in Maiquetia, Venezuela.

Ft. Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan said firefighters responded quickly because the plane was carrying 6,800 pounds of fuel.

“There was smoke coming from the right side of the IAI 1125 Astra SP,” Gollan said. “Our firefighters immediately put foam blankets down and extinguished any possibility for fire in the area."

Gollan said the two men and a woman inside were able to step off the plane safely and were not injured

A Federal Aviation Administration employee was there to begin the investigation, Bergen said, adding that The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident.


  1. Elevator appears to be in neutral position ... Control lock?

    1. on a jet like that would it be in a down position without the lock

  2. The smoke was hot brakes. Fire truck also drowned the back end of the engines even though it was a simple abort over run. Only had two passengers onboard, should not have put it a max gross unless they were hauling supplies.

    If you search for YV3427 on youtube, one report included a clip from instagram where a roll is performed and you can see the YV3427 designation on the panel markings.

    Good video coverage of fire truck arriving:

  3. Gold smuggling:

    1. These pilots now have bigger problems on their hands ... besides just being in jail. Big problem now is that

      1. The $5 million in gold has been confiscated.
      2. The gold would've never been discovered had they not fouled-up the takeoff.
      3. They might not have a good excuse for fouling-up the takeoff.
      4. People who owned the $5 million of gold ... Not very nice people. Not very patient people. Prone to get angry.

  4. Knowing the US and their greed, the plane will probably be taken also. That is, what, a 10 million dollar plane? Yeah, kiss it goodbye!

    1. 10 million dollars, lol. Those planes aren't worth $500k

    2. Regardless of perceived value, most are listed for around 700,000. The SPX runs 1.1 to 1.3 million.

  5. "Knowing the US and their greed"

    Did you just say that SkyKing? Want to compare the US's global "donations" to causes vs. those of other nations per taxpayer capita? I'll gladly compare numbers as I've studied it. Tell me your nation and I'll show you yours vs. ours. I'll wait.

  6. And another thing: the federal government confiscates drug running and other illicit manifested aircraft all the time in nations all over the world. Tell me why the US should be different. I'll wait. Again.

  7. The smuggling thing happened last September, so . . . I guess they got the plane back.

    1. Good catch, was wondering how the front wheel got put back on the strut until you mentioned that the gold bar story is not the current situation. Gotta watch out for dates when comments link old stories.

      So this current event was just an unsuccessful takeoff, nothing else notable this time.

    2. Different tail number, different paint job, different airplane.

  8. Interesting comment I heard while talking with someone who was there on the scene was that the aircraft was loaded with many, many boxes of "things", supposedly commodities purchased in the US. Who knows how this affected weight and balance. I know from personal interactions with Venezuelans that they come to the US to buy (literally) car loads of commodities that they cannot get back home. So if this aircraft was stuffed with jeans, laptops, tv sets and assorted other stuff, gotta think the w&b might be a concern.

  9. The Gold Smuggling plane was Citation, not this aircraft. Just because they are both from Venezuela, doesn't connect them.

    The gross weight of an Astra is huge, with only 2 pax, that plane can carry tons of stuff in the cabin without W&B isssues.

  10. Is there a way to obtain manifests of private planes?