Sunday, April 18, 2021

Learjet 35A, N354EF: Accident occurred April 15, 2021 at Colorado Springs Airport (KCOS), Colorado

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Med Air LLC

Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Accident Number: CEN21LA190
Date & Time: April 15, 2021, 10:30 Local
Registration: N354EF
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Positioning

On April 15, 2021 about 1030 central daylight time, a Bombardier Learjet 35A airplane, N354EF, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The two pilots and two crew members onboard were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 positioning flight.

According to the first officer, who was initially the flying pilot, they departed from Centennial Airport (APA) for a short positioning flight to Colorado Springs (COS). After departure, air traffic control provided vectors to intercept the GPS approach for 17R at COS. The crew intercepted the approach at the initial approach fix and descended as required to meet the mandatory crossing altitudes. The airplane exited the overcast cloud layer at an altitude of 650-700 ft above ground level and the first officer had COS in sight. It was at this time that the first officer reported he realized that visually, the flight path was offset about ½ mile right of the runway centerline.

The captain requested control of the airplane and then made the required course correction to line up with the centerline of the runway. This correction occurred about 1 ½ - 2 miles from the runway threshold. About 100 ft above the ground, the captain reduced the throttles to "idle", was able to establish runway centerline, and continued the descent for landing. As the airplane descended through 10-20 ft above the runway, the captain reported that the "stick shaker" activated. The first officer was monitoring and announced "stall," and the captain advanced both throttles. Just before the airplane touched down, it experienced an uncommanded roll to the right and the nose dropped. The captain attempted to arrest the roll by applying left aileron, but the airplane did not respond in time and the right tip tanking struck the runway surface just before the landing gear contacted the runway. The crew was able to maintain control throughout the rollout and the airplane continued to taxi and exit the runway under its own power. The airplane received substantial damage to the right wing.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N354EF
Model/Series: 35A 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter air carrier (135)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: IMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: COS,6187 ft msl
Observation Time: 09:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 0°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 300 ft AGL 
Visibility: 3 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Englewood, CO (KAPA)
Destination: Colorado Springs, CO

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 38.805813,-104.70077

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