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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 12 May 1985
Time:17:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic FA50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dassault Falcon 50
Operator:William Wrigley Jr. Co.
Registration: N1181G
C/n / msn: 72
First flight: 1981
Total airframe hrs:1373
Engines: 3 Garrett TFE731-3-1C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lake Geneva Municipal Airport, WI (XES) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Chicago-Palwaukee Municipal Airport, IL (PWK/KPWK), United States of America
Destination airport:Lake Geneva Municipal Airport, WI (XES), United States of America
Narrative:
High sink rate on short final. The Falcon touched down 13 feet short of the runway and the gear collapsed after contacting the runway edge. Tail caught fire prior to coming to a stop 2900 feet down the runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
judgment..poor..pilot in command
proper descent rate..uncontrolled..pilot in command
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS
terrain condition..runway
terrain condition..mountainous/hilly
weather condition..gusts
proper touchdown point..not obtained..pilot in command

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Chicago-Palwaukee Municipal Airport, IL to Lake Geneva Municipal Airport, WI as the crow flies is 68 km (43 miles).

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