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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 18 May 1978
Time:12:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic FA20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dassault Falcon 20C
Operator:Flight Safety International
Registration: N121GW
C/n / msn: 4
First flight: 1965
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:6 km (3.8 mls) W of Memphis International Airport, TN (MEM) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Memphis International Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), United States of America
Destination airport:Memphis International Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), United States of America
Narrative:
Falcon 20C N121GW was flying multiple instrument approaches in the Memphis traffic pattern during a training flight with a flight instructor and three Saudi Arabian first officers. Downwind following a runway 17R go around the Falcon collided with Cessna 150M N6423K at 2000 feet. Both aircraft crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of controller personnel to separate the aircraft as required by procedures established for a terminal radar service area, to insure that proper coordination was effected, to issue appropriate traffic advisories, and the failure of each flightcrew to see and avoid the other aircraft."

Classification:
Mid air collision
Loss of control

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