ASN logo
Last updated: 24 June 2017
Datum:Freitag 26 Juli 2002
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-232F
Fluggesellschaft:FedEx Express
Kennzeichen: N497FE
Werknummer: 20866/1067
Baujahr: 1974-09-03 (27 years 11 months)
Anzahl Zyklen der Zelle:23195
Triebwerk: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15 (HK3)
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Tallahassee Municipal Airport, FL (TLH) (   USA)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Flug von:Memphis International Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), USA
Flug nach:Tallahassee Municipal Airport, FL (TLH/KTLH), USA
The pilots had initially briefed the approach to runway 27, but since winds were calm a straight in visual approach to runway 09 was attempted. The crews' statements indicate that the base leg was normal and the gear was down and flaps at 30 degrees when the plane impacted trees 3,650 feet short of the runway, generally along the runway centerline. The tops of the trees were broken about 50 feet above ground level. The plane descended through trees until impacting the ground about 1,000 feet later. It slid an additional 1,100 feet - most of it in open field - and came to rest about 1,000 feet from the runway facing in the opposite direction of travel (approximately 260 degrees). The plane struck construction vehicles that were parked on the field during the night. Burn marks on the ground indicate a fire on the plane for the last 1,000 feet or so of travel.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the captain’s and first officer’s failure to establish and maintain a proper glidepath during the night visual approach to landing. Contributing to the accident was a combination of the captain’s and first officer’s fatigue, the captain’s and first officer’s failure to adhere to company flight procedures, the captain’s and flight engineer’s failure to monitor the approach, and the first officer’s color vision deficiency. "

Accident investigation:
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
status: Final
number: NTSB AAR-04-02
released:8 June 2004
duration of investigation: 1 year and 11 months
download report: Collision With Trees on Final Approach Federal Express Flight 1478, Boeing 727-232, N497FE, Tallahassee, Florida July 26 (NTSB AAR-04-02)


METAR Weather report:
09:53 UTC / 05:53 local time:
KTLH 260953Z 00000KT 8SM FEW001 SCT150 SCT250 22/22 A3011 RMK AO2 SLP195 T02220217=

10:53 UTC / 06:43 local time:
KTLH 261053Z 00000KT 9SM FEW001 SCT015 SCT150 BKN250 22/22 A3013 RMK AO2 SLP200 VIS SW-NW 1/2 CB DSNT SE CB DSNT SW FU SCT015 FU PLUME OVR APCH RWY 09 T02220217=


NTSB issued 2 Safety Recommendations

Show all AD's and Safety Recommendations


photo of Boeing 727-232F N497FE
photo of Boeing 727-232F N497FE
photo of Boeing 727-232F N497FE
photo of Boeing 727-232F N497FE
photo of Boeing 727-232F N497FE
photo of Boeing 727-232F N497FE
Add your photo of this accident or aircraft

Video, social media

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 Memphis International Airport, TN to Tallahassee Municipal Airport, FL as the crow flies is 732 km (458 miles).

languages: languages


Boeing 727

  • 1832 built
  • 101st loss
» safety profile