Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2014
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 8 April 2003
Time:13:49
Type:Silhouette image of generic FA20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dassault Falcon 20
Operator:Grand Aire Express
Registration: N183GA
C/n / msn: 147
First flight: 1968
Total airframe hrs:19093
Engines: 2 General Electric CF700-2D2
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) W of Toledo, OH (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Traverse City Airport, MI (TVC/KTVC), United States of America
Destination airport:Toledo-Express Airport, OH (TOL/KTOL), United States of America
Narrative:
After delivering cargo to Traverse City, the aircraft returned to Toledo as an instructional flight for the first officer in training. Upon arrival in the Toledo area, the pilots initiated an ILS approach to runway 07. The approach terminated in a missed approach, and the airplane was radar vectored for a second ILS approach to runway 07. During the approach the plane descended below the glide path. The airplane impacted trees, and came to rest on level ground, 1.57 nautical miles from the approach end of runway 07.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight instructor's inadequate supervision of the flight, including his failure to maintain an approach airspeed consistent with the airplane's configuration, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall due to slow airspeed, and subsequent uncontrolled descent into trees. Factors were the icing conditions, the flight instructors failure to turn on the wing and engine anti-ice, and his lack of experience as an instructor pilot in the airplane."

Classification:
Icing
Loss of control

Sources:
» FAA
» The Toledo Blade


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Distance from Traverse City Airport, MI to Toledo-Express Airport, OH as the crow flies is 376 km (235 miles).

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