For sale: Legacy that escaped Brazilian mid-air smash

At first glance there’s nothing unusual about this newly-listed advertisement, on an aircraft marketing site, offering an Embraer Legacy business jet for sale.

legacy.JPGBut this particular aircraft, N965LL, comes with a dark history.

It’s the Legacy which, under its previous registration N600XL and having logged only 19 flight hours, was involved in the mid-air collision which destroyed a Boeing 737-800 over the Amazon.

Despite the head-on closing speed of 860kt, a few inches’ grace allowed the Legacy to escape the impact with minor winglet and elevator damage, clearly seen in this video of the aircraft parked on a Brazilian apron.

 

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