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Last updated: 17 October 2021
Date:Thursday 15 October 1987
Type:Silhouette image of generic FA10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dassault Falcon 10
Operator:Falcon Jet Corp
Registration: N121FJ
MSN: 192
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:475
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-2-2A
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rancho Murieta, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Rancho Murieta, CA (KRIU), United States of America
Destination airport:San Jose Municipal Airport, CA (SJC/KSJC), United States of America
Sales demo flight. In flight loss of control by the pilot flying while performing an intentional low level aerobatic maneuver (a left aileron roll at 600 feet).

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "In flight loss of control by the pilot flying while performing an intentional low level aerobatic maneuver."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years
Accident number: LAX88FA015
Download report: Summary report

Loss of control



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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Rancho Murieta, CA to San Jose Municipal Airport, CA as the crow flies is 144 km (90 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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