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Accident description
Last updated: 28 November 2015
Date:Wednesday 30 January 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic FA10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dassault Falcon 10
Operator:Kellogg Co.
Registration: N253K
C/n / msn: 010
First flight: 1974
Total airframe hrs:3196
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-2-1C
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Chicago-Merrill C Meigs Field, IL (CGX) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Chicago-Merrill C Meigs Field, IL (CGX/KCGX), United States of America
Destination airport:Battle Creek-WK Kellogg Regional Airport, MI (BTL/KBTL), United States of America
Takeoff attempted without releasing the parking brake the Falcon overran runway 18 came to rest in 25 feet of water about 300 feet from the departure end of the runway.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flightcrew's failure to release the parking brake before the takeoff roll was started, which resulted in significant wheel/brake drag and a nosedown pitching moment that inhibited the aircraft's capability to effect a normal acceleration and rotation for takeoff. Contributing to the accident was the lack of adequate company checklist procedures to insure the timely release of the parking brakes."

Runway excursion


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Distance from Chicago-Merrill C Meigs Field, IL to Battle Creek-WK Kellogg Regional Airport, MI as the crow flies is 199 km (125 miles).

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