CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Pilot Magazine today CLICK HERE

Long Lost Learjet's CVR Reveals Cause of Fatal CFIT

PUBLISHED: 12:32 23 June 2011 | UPDATED: 14:06 10 October 2012

Although it had lain undiscovered since 24 December 1996, the wreckage of the Learjet 35 that crashed near Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA gave up its cockpit voice recorder when it was found late last year.

Although it had lain undiscovered since 24 December 1996, the wreckage of the Learjet 35 that crashed near Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA gave up its cockpit voice recorder when it was found late last year.

With just two crew on board, the aircraft had executed a missed approach after failing to receive the localiser on the ILS for Runway 18. Because of this problem, the crew opted for the Lebanon VOR Runway 25 approach with a circle to land procedure for Runway 18.

The last five minutes of the recording revealed confusion between the captain and first officer, whose body was found in the left seat, suggesting he was the handling pilot over heading and position.

Both were killed when the aircraft struck a foothill of the Smart Mountain, on an inbound heading but outside the protective ten nautical mile MSA.

Newsletter Sign Up

Pilot weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most Read


Subscribe or buy Pilot Magazine