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Last updated: 28 September 2021
Datum:dinsdag 8 april 2003
Type:Silhouette image of generic FA20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dassault Falcon 20C
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Grand Aire Express
Registratie: N179GA
Constructienummer: 100
Bouwjaar: 1967
Aantal vlieguren:15899
Motoren: 2 General Electric CF700-2D2
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 2
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 2
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:14 km (8.8 mijl) WSW of Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Onbekend (UNK)
Soort vlucht:Vracht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Del Rio International Airport, TX (DRT/KDRT), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL/KSTL), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer: 179
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:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 10 months
Accident number: CHI03FA099
Download report: Summary report

» NTSB id. CHI03FA099


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

Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Del Rio International Airport, TX en Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO bedraagt 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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