Monday, November 15, 2021

IAI 1125 Astra SP, N771DX: Accident occurred November 14, 2021 at North Las Vegas Airport (KVGT), Clark County, Nevada

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; Las Vegas, Nevada

EMD Astra Holdings LLC

Location: North Las Vegas, Nevada
Accident Number: WPR22LA039
Date and Time: November 14, 2021, 13:15 Local
Registration: N771DX
Aircraft: IAI 1125 Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On November 14, 2021, about 1315 Pacific standard time, an IAI 1125 Westwind Astra, airplane, N771DX, was substantially damaged when it involved in an accident at the North Las Vegas Airport (VGT), Las Vegas, Nevada. The pilot and passenger were uninjured. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported to first responders that he departed and remained in the traffic pattern during the flight. He said that the nose landing gear indicator light was intermittent when the landing gear was extended prior to landing. The pilot aborted the first landing and reentered the pattern for a second attempt. Security video shows the airplane touching down with the landing gear fully extended and with about 1,500 ft of runway remaining. The airplane’s thrust reversers were not deployed, and the airplane exited the end of the runway. The airplane continued to travel over terrain before impacting a culvert where the landing gear separated, and the airplane subsequently came to rest.

The airplane was recovered to the ramp area at VGT for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: IAI 
Registration: N771DX
Model/Series: 1125 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KVGT,2203 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C /-2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: North Las Vegas, NV 
Destination: North Las Vegas, NV

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 36.201579,-115.11868 


  1. The FAA ASIAS report shows this 8 minute, 23 mile flight at KVGT to have one flight crew member and one passenger on board with no reported injuries. This was a really odd flight with varying speed and altitude during a figure 8 pattern around the airport. (Flight aware info) The off runway excursion during landing did some major damage to the aircraft shearing off all landing gear before coming to rest in the adjacent desert. Seems odd that only one flight crew was on a plane requiring two to operate per type design. There has to be a story behind this one, just glad all walked away and no one on the ground was injured.

  2. I heard the crew (or the pilot and pax) ran away afterwards. Which only makes it all the more strange.