Accident Dassault Falcon 20E EP-FIC,
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Date:Monday 3 March 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic FA20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Dassault Falcon 20E
Owner/operator:Iran Civil Aviation Organization
Registration: EP-FIC
MSN: 334
Year of manufacture:1975
Engine model:General Electric CF700-2D2
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:4 km E off Kish Island Airport (KIH) -   Iran
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Kish Island Airport (KIH/OIBK)
Destination airport:Kish Island Airport (KIH/OIBK)
Investigating agency: AAIB Iran
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Falcon 20 jet aircraft crashed off Kish Island, Iran during a calibration flight to test navigation equipment. All four crew members died in the accident.
The flight departed from Tehran-Mehrabad Airport at 15:03 hours local time with eight persons were onboard (3 Pilots, 4 Ground technicians, a Security guard member).
The aircraft landed on at Kish Island Airport at 16:44. Four ground technicians deplaned and refueling carried out.
At 17:44, the aircraft took off from runway 27R and requested to join right hand downwind up to 1000 ft and 8 miles from the airport. After successfully performing seven complete circuits (approach & climbing) for navigation aids inspection purposes, the flight crew planned to make a last approach to check the PAPI lights of runway 27.
The aircraft impacted the surface of the water as it was turning onto the final approach course.

The Main Cause of Accident:
Regarding aforementioned analyses it seems that the fatigues of pilots have caused incapability to adopt themselves with flight conditions and their interactions are due to spatial disorientation (illusion). This type of error prevented pilots to avoid from crash in to the sea.

Contributing Factors:
- Malfunction of aircraft radio altimeter.
- Flight crew fatigue.
- Lack of enough supervision on flight calibration operations

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB Iran
Report number: A13921212EPFIC
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 9 months
Download report: Final report


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