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Last updated: 25 January 2020
Date:Thursday 18 May 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic FA20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dassault Falcon 20C
Operator:Flight Safety International
Registration: N121GW
C/n / msn: 4
First flight: 1965
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:6 km (3.8 mls) W of Memphis International Airport, TN (MEM) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Memphis International Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), United States of America
Destination airport:Memphis International Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), United States of America
Falcon 20C N121GW was flying multiple instrument approaches in the Memphis traffic pattern during a training flight with a flight instructor and three Saudi Arabian first officers. Downwind following a runway 17R go around the Falcon collided with Cessna 150M N6423K at 2000 feet. Both aircraft crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of controller personnel to separate the aircraft as required by procedures established for a terminal radar service area, to insure that proper coordination was effected, to issue appropriate traffic advisories, and the failure of each flightcrew to see and avoid the other aircraft."

Mid air collision
Loss of control

Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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