Airplane Crash - Off Sarasota, Florida 05/19/1980

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Off Sarasota, Florida


Date05/19/1980
Time12:05
LocationOff Sarasota, Florida
OperatorNortheast Jet
RouteWest Palm Beach, FL - New Orleans, LA
TypeLearjet 25D
RegistrationN125NE
Cn/In25-271
Aboard2
Fatalities2
Ground0
SummaryAn unexpected encouter with moderate to severe clear air turbulence, the flightcrew's improper response to the encounter, and the aircraft's marginal controllability characteristics when flown at and beyond the boundary of its high altitude speed envelope, all of which resulted in the aircraft exceeding its Mach limits and a progressive loss of control from which recovery was not possible.

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