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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 12 November 2003
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 24D
Operator:Multi-Aero, Inc.
Registration: N77JL
MSN: 24-286
First flight: 1974
Total airframe hrs:6653
Engines: 2 General Electric CJ610-6
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Belleville, IL (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Saint Louis-Bi-State Parks Airport, MO (CPS/KCPS), United States of America
Destination airport:North Platte-Lee Bird Field, NE (LBF/KLBF), United States of America
Shortly after departure from St. Louis' Downtown Airport runway 12R the pilot carried out a forced landing due to a loss of engine power. The Learjet crash-landed in a field and burst into flames some four miles from the airport. The airplane had encountered a flock of birds, presumably European starlings.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The total loss of power to the right engine and the partial loss of power to the left engine after the airplane encountered a flock of birds during initial climb out, resulting in impeded ram induction airflow."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 2 months
Accident number: CHI04FA029
Download report: Summary report

Bird strike
Forced landing outside airport

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photo of Learjet-24DXR-N59GL
accident date: 12-11-2003
type: Learjet 24DXR
registration: N59GL

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Saint Louis-Bi-State Parks Airport, MO to North Platte-Lee Bird Field, NE as the crow flies is 935 km (585 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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