N361PJ Learjet 35 aborts takeoff, pull chute, blows mains;

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Medivac flight, Lear 35 N361PJ was flying Portland to Korea with a fuel stop at Anchorage - for unknown reason, the Lear safely aborted the departure. The chute was deployed, the main gear blew, and the runway was shut down for 12 hours!!

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** Report created 9/3/2009 Record 5 **

Regis#: 361PJ Make/Model: LJ35 Description: 35, 36 (C-21, RC-35, RC-36, U-36)
Date: 09/02/2009 Time: 1935

Event Type: Incident Highest Injury: None Mid Air: N Missing: N
Damage: Unknown

City: ANCHORAGE State: AK Country: US


INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 0
# Crew: 2 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
# Pass: 2 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
# Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:


Activity: Unknown Phase: Take-off Operation: OTHER

FAA FSDO: ANCHORAGE, AK (AL03) Entry date: 09/03/2009

That’s a -36 not a -35.

I smell a parking-brake set for takeoff

Confirmed it is a 35 year old Learjet 36 serial number 003.

Full fuel abort - had to be scary, thank goodness for long runways!!!

I’ve gotta get an airplane with a drag chute! Or maybe not…

I’d disagree. It’s an AvconRX 36 & I’d bet they were close to the 19,600 MTOW.
Part of the MOD is basically Lear 55 Wheels and brakes to help with the extra energy, but the tires will blow and sometimes burn during a high speed abort at that weight every time.

To get certified it only had to not burn uncontrollably in a 5min time span to allow for aircraft evacuation.

A friend of my flys for these guys. I’ll hit him up for the inside story.

Glad they had the chute. I’ll take over TR’s anyday.

another user here also works in the back of the plane for them too

I posted that before thinking about the fact that they pack a few more Lbs of fuel then I do.

Please hit me up in PM when you get the story.

Also 5min is not a lot of time when you have someone on a stretcher in the back of a small AC.

I’m reminded of a Lear 25C accident at Anchorage years ago, if anyone recalls, I believe the pilot got a heel of his shoe stuck between the rudder pedal and the floorboard.

aviation-safety.net/database/rec … 19781204-0


I have to ask, where did you get the info that a heel got stuck under the rudder pedal? Just curious.

N77RS - I was quite the biz jet enthusiast during the time of this crash, I also worked on the ramp at YYZ, we had several Lears at the time, a 24, 25, and two 25B’s.

The Lear 25C was a very rare aircraft, I believe they only built 22 of them with 8 lost in accidents.

I recall an accident, which involved the captains left heel of his shoe, jamming between the floorboard and the rudder pedal - and not 100% on the memory being this aircraft - but if I recall correctly - this was the one.

I’ll see if I can find more info.

tire’s blown during the abort or the plugs blowing as they stopped?

If it was the tires what happened to the anti-skid… :confused:

John in Saudi

Anti-skid from; Flying a classic Learjet.

actually the left outside tire blew first. then takeoff was aborted. antiskid lost at the point tire blew. then the remaining tires blew. Then some very well trained pilots saved our butts! can’t thank them enough. (from the med team).

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Sounds a lot like the LR60 fatal accident not that long ago in Columbia, SC.

Glad it all worked out for you and the rest of the crew.

Nice long runways in ANC

Coincidentally, we had a Lear 55 come into CYEV this morning with a 15 knot tailwind to the 6000ft runway and they had to deploy the chute to ensure a happy ending when they started hydroplaning on the wet pavement…

The max tailwind on that bird is 10kts.