Narrative:The right wingtip struck the frozen surface of the Silvaplana lake when beginning a holding pattern there to await better weather at the VFR-airport Samedan. The tailplane broke off and the Falcon crashed. Ceiling was at 300 feet and snow was falling.
|Date:||20 FEB 1972|
|Type:||Dassault Falcon 20D|
|C/n / msn:|| 231|
|First flight:|| 1970|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near St. Moritz-Samedan Airport (SMV) (Switzerland)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Destination airport:||St. Moritz-Samedan Airport (SMV/LSZS), Switzerland|
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.