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Last updated: 18 June 2018
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mardi 8 avril 2003
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic FA20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dassault Falcon 20C
Compagnie:Grand Aire Express
Immatriculation: N179GA
Numéro de série: 100
Année de Fabrication: 1967
Heures de vol:15899
Moteurs: 2 General Electric CF700-2D2
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 2
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 2
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:14 km (8.8 milles) WSW of Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: Inconnu (UNK)
Aéroport de départ:Del Rio International Airport, TX (DRT/KDRT), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL/KSTL), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol: 179
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.

Probable Cause:

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."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 10 months
Accident number: CHI03FA099
Download report: Summary report

» NTSB id. CHI03FA099


photo of Dassault Falcon 20 N179GA
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I-VEPA was sold to the U.S. as N179GA.
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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Del Rio International Airport, TX et Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO est de 1415 km (884 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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