Unfallbericht: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.
|Datum:||08 APR 2003|
|Flugzeugtyp:||Dassault Falcon 20|
|Fluggesellschaft:||Grand Aire Express|
|Triebwerk:|| 2 General Electric CF700-2D2|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2 |
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||Mississippi River, MO (USA)
|Flugphase:|| Unbekannt (UNK)|
|Flug von:||Del Rio International Airport, TX (DRT), USA|
|Flug nach:||Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL/KSTL), USA|
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."
» NTSB id. CHI03FA099
I-VEPA was sold to the U.S. as N179GA.
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
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Distance from Del Rio International Airport, TX to Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO as the crow flies is 1415 km (884 miles).
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.