N999LJ Learjet 60 crashes on take-off SC.

                   NTSB ADVISORY

National Transportation Safety Board
Washington, DC 20594

September 20, 2008


The National Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a Go
Team to investigate the crash of a business jet at Columbia
Metropolitan Airport in West Columbia, South Carolina.

The Learjet 60 (N999LJ) crashed on take-off at 11:53 p.m.
EDT on Friday. Of the six people on board, two crewmembers
and two passengers were fatally injured.

NTSB Senior Air Safety Investigator Bill English has been
designated as Investigator-in-Charge. NTSB Board Member
Debbie Hersman will serve as principal spokesman during the
on-scene investigation.

The Safety Board’s 11-member team includes two
representatives from the Office of Transportation Disaster
Assistance. Peter Knudson will accompany the team as press

Mr. Knudson may be reached on his cell phone (202-557-1350)
when he arrives in South Carolina this morning.

NTSB Press Contacts:

202-557-1350 (Peter Knudson, on site in South Carolina)
202-314-6100 (Washington)

FlightAware Flight Tracker N999LJ

MSNBC Reporting that Former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker was one of the survivors. He is in critical condition. Also DJ AM was the other survivor.

dallasnews.com/sharedcontent … bf01f.html

SPECULATION ONLY: Perry Farrell of Janes Addiction fame MAY have been on board. revolverfm.com/2008/09/20/bl … ane-crash/

edit Looks like PF’s manager said he was not on board. Good for him. Bad for someone else.

Looking back at the flight activity history of N999LJ, it appears that this jet could have had recent maintenance issues. Please note that this is personal speculation only and has not been confirmed by anyone. On September 12, 2008 the Lear 60 departed Teterboro (KTEB) en route to Tulsa (KTUL). However, it diverted back to Teterboro for a total flight time of twenty-two (22) minutes. A few days later, on September 18, 2008, the jet flew KTEB - KTEB for forty-seven (47) minutes. The next day, September 19, 2008, the jet flew from Teterboro (KTEB) to Columbia Metropolitan (KCAE). This flight was to pick up the passengers involved in the accident. It then departed, apparently VFR, on the accident flight, crashing and killing four of the six aboard.

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Is this the first LJ60 crash?


Up until now, only 1 person was killed in an accident in Brazil, though there have been several over-run accidents, or landing long.

The most troubling was last years Lear accident of N9CU who among other problems the thrust reversers failed to deploy.

XA-ICA Lear 60-027

N1DC Lear 60-035

N5027Q Lear 60-242

N9CU Lear 60-075


The 60 has a 43 inch stretch from the 55, and there have been several accidents.

The mid-air in Boca-Raton N220JC report that had a low level mid-air.

N55LF report in Fort Lauderdale.

There was a crazy demo flight in South Africa where Lear N57TA attempted a barrel roll at 155 knots and 690 feet, hit the ground.

The worst was a French Lear 55 (F-GDHR) that killed 11 on board when it hit a mountain in Cameroon at 11,900M.

And an assortment of over-runs.

Travis having fun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKQgDY0pZ68

Here is an extensive article on Aero News:

aero-news.net/index.cfm?Cont … d81bc7e3d&

I think someone working for Aero-News Network reads these forums. Nice job ‘dcgjedde’

I suppose it could be the other way around but props, either way.

Kudos to dcgjedde for spotting the history of this flight, very noteworthy.

I had to run out the door this morning, and hit Starbucks on the way to Buttonville Airport, I had an email from the FAA regarding the crash, so I posted it, the photo, and ran out the door.

I notice dcgjedde comments were the first mention, and now is through-out the press.

Sorry to break it, but I had read the Aero-News article and posted my comments as the flight history wasn’t mentioned here. However, I didn’t copy the text.

I believe that Aero-News had already checked the tracking page. The sequence of events was: I read the article, then came here, checked the history, and made my post as the flight activity history wasn’t discussed in the thread. I elaborated on their words, and all mine were original and not pasted off Aero-News.

Even so, the posting is appreciated.

ANN is really a Number One source for Aviation News and a first rate organization. A Must Read - for Aviators.

Note; update on condition of the two passengers is due at 9AM local.

Just in from CNN:

Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM expected to make full recoveries from burns suffered in plane crash, doctor says.

Comment from another pilot associated with N999LJ as well as personal friends with the co-pilot.

“The aircraft had indeed been in for maintenance prior to this flight, but it was in for bleed air issues that they were having at altitude. I’ll leave the door open, but I can’t see how the problem that they were having could have led to this accident and I am inclined to say that it was incidental to what happened in Columbia.”

The Associated Press


The doomed crew piloting a Learjet that crashed on takeoff, killing four people and injuring two popular musicians, thought a tire blew as they hurtled down the runway and struggled unsuccessfully to stop the plane, a federal safety official said Sunday.

National Transportation Safety Board member Debbie Hersman said a cockpit voice recording of the Friday night crash indicates the crew tried to abort the takeoff, but then signaled the efforts were failing.

“The crew reacted to a sound that was consistent with a tire blowout,” Hersman said.

Flying Magazine write up about the Learjet 60XR model. (N999LJ model).

Query U.S. results at http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/Response2.asp for tire blow-out for Part 121: Air Carrier resulted in 4 records; Part 135: Air Taxi and Commuter; 1 record; and General Aviation 7 records. All results were non-fatal.

NTSB member Debbie Hersman has said pieces of tire were recovered about 2,800 feet from where the plane started its takeoff down the 8,600-foot runway. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. manufactured the tires on the Learjet, the company said Monday.

AP Press Release Sept. 22 1530 EST.

While the cause of the tire failure is yet to be determined…after experiencing several sidewall separations with Goodyear aircraft tires, I now insist on Michelin for our aircraft.