March 30, Rogers, Ark. / Gates Learjet 35A


At approximately 11:47 CST, a Learjet 35A was substantially damaged when the airplane undershot the threshold for Runway 19 while landing at the Rogers Municipal Airport. The first officer and one passenger suffered minor injuries, the captain and seven passengers were not injured. The 671-mile Part 135 flight originated from Winston Salem, N.C., at about 10:17. On landing, the airplane touched down 12 feet short of the landing threshold. The left main landing gear struck the concrete foundation for the approach lighting system and collapsed. The airplane traveled another 1,700 feet before coming to rest on the east side of the 6,011 foot asphalt runway. The winds were reported from 150 degrees at 13 knots, with gusts to 19 knots. The pilot of a single engine airplane that landed at the airport 30 minutes prior to the accident reported a 15 to 20 knot loss in airspeed while on final approach.


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