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Last updated: 30 November 2021
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Tuesday 9 January 2007
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 24F
Operator:Ameristar Jet Charter
Registration: N444TW
MSN: 24-348
First flight: 1977
Engines: 2 General Electric CJ610-6
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:30 km (18.8 mls) E of Guadalajara-Miguel Hidal Airport (GDL) (   Mexico)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Laredo International Airport, TX (LRD/KLRD), United States of America
Destination airport:Guadalajara-Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (GDL/MMGL), Mexico
Flightnumber: 878
Ameristar flight 878 departed Laredo (LRD) at 22:10. At about 23:13, radar contact was established with Guadalajara Approach Control and the flight was cleared to descend from FL260 to FL240. About 10 seconds later the flight was cleared to descend to 12,000 feet, was provided an altimeter setting of 30.28 inches, and was told to expect radar vectors for the ILS 28 approach. At 23:18, the flight was given a right turn to a heading of 120 degrees. At 23:20:38, the flight was cleared to descend to 9,000 feet. The airplane was last observed on radar descending through 9,200 feet, when the airplane was crossing the GDL VOR 085 degree radial. The Learjet impacted terrain.

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Distance from Laredo International Airport, TX to Guadalajara-Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport as the crow flies is 868 km (542 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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