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Last updated: 18 September 2021
Estado:Final
Fecha:martes 8 abril 2003
Hora:18:50
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic FA20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dassault Falcon 20C
Operador:Grand Aire Express
Registración: N179GA
Numéro de série: 100
Año de Construcción: 1967
Horas Totales de la Célula:15899
Motores: 2 General Electric CF700-2D2
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 2
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 2
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:14 km (8.8 milles) WSW of Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL) (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Desconocido (UNK)
Naturaleza:Carga
Aeropuerto de Salida:Del Rio International Airport, TX (DRT/KDRT), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL/KSTL), Estados Unidos de América
Número de Vuelo: 179
Descripción:
The airplane was on a second approach to land on runway 30R after having been instructed by air traffic control to climb during the final approach segment of the first approach due to inadequate separation from another airplane. The aircraft was low on fuel but the pilot did not notify ATC until they were on base turn to finals. The airplane ran out of fuel and both engines lost power. The crew then ditched their Falcon 20 into the Mississippi River. Both pilots were rescued.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot in command's improper in-flight decision not to divert to an alternate destination resulting in the exhaustion of the airplane's fuel supply, and his failure to relay his low fuel state to air traffic control in a timely manner."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 10 months
Accident number: CHI03FA099
Download report: Summary report

Fuentes:
» NTSB id. CHI03FA099


Fotos

photo of Dassault-Falcon-20-N179GA
accident date: 08-04-2003
type: Dassault Falcon 20
registration: N179GA
photo of Dassault-Falcon-20-I-VEPA
accident date: 08-04-2003
type: Dassault Falcon 20
registration: I-VEPA
 

Map
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 Del Rio International Airport, TX to Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO as the crow flies is 1415 km (884 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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