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Last updated: 23 October 2021
Date:Wednesday 15 February 2006
Type:Silhouette image of generic FA20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dassault Falcon 20C-5
Operator:Develton Ltd.
Registration: F-OVJR
MSN: 180
First flight: 1968
Total airframe hrs:10413
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-5AR-2C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kiel-Holtenau Airport (KEL) (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Moskva-Domodedovo Airport (DME/UUDD), Russia
Destination airport:London-Luton Airport (LTN/EGGW), United Kingdom
The Falcon jet departed Moscow-Domodedovo (DME) at 18:36 local time for a flight to Luton (LTN).
En route over Germany at FL380 the flight attendant inadvertently set off a smoke canister, intended for emergencies, in the cabin. The cabin and cockpit filled with smoke.
At 19:22 hours local time the crew declared an emergency and requested an immediate descent. The flight was overhead Kiel and the crew decided to make an emergency landing there.
The aircraft landed on runway 26 (4134 feet / 1265 m long) but overran the runway end and fell down an embankment.

Probable Cause:

Conclusions (translated from German report):
The accident is attributable to the following:
Immediate causes:
- Unintentional ignition of a pyrotechnic distress signal in the passenger cabin
- Emergency caused by fire and smoke
- Misunderstandings in communication
- Failure to use reverse thrust or braking parachute and insufficient use of the wheel brakes
Systemic causes:
- Improper storage of pyrotechnic signaling means on board
- Inadequate training of the crew by the air carriers regarding the emergency equipment.

Forced landing on runway

» Izvestiya


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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 Moskva-Domodedovo Airport to London-Luton Airport as the crow flies is 2502 km (1564 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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