NTSB Identification: ATL97LA080.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, May 07, 1997 in ATLANTIC OCEAN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/05/1997
Aircraft: Learjet 31A, registration: N31PV
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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While over the Atlantic Ocean at 23,000 feet, the flight received a clearance to descend to 13,000 feet. The instructor pilot took control of the airplane to demonstrate an emergency descent. While descending, the first officer student pilot believed the instructor pilot to be disoriented and assisted in the recovery. The instructor pilot stated he was disoriented and allowed the airplane to reach red line (maximum airspeed allowed). Upon landing, a mechanic noted that the refueling door was missing, and there was damage to the horizontal stabilizer.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

the pilot-in-command's failure to maintain airspeed within the design structural limits of the airplane.

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