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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 69363
Last updated: 23 February 2021
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Time:15:40 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic P180 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piaggio P.180 Avanti
Owner/operator:Golden Falcon Aviation 2 LLC
Registration: N108GF
C/n / msn: 1086
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Vicinity of Narsarsuaq, Greenland -   Greenland
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Reykjavík-Keflavík International Airport (KEF/BIKF)
Destination airport:Narsarsuaq Airport (UAK/BGBW)
The accident flight was a part of a ferry flight from Kuwait to USA.
After the flight was airborne from BIKF, the flight was restricted by ATC to cruise at FL200 instead of FL280. The lower flight altitude and the power setting used resulted in a reduction of the final reserve to approximately zero minutes. At that time the commander was not concerned about the final reserve because the flight to BGBW was only a two hours flight and as the aircraft before take-off from BIKF had fuel for more than three hours and 40 minutes of flight.
During the approach to BGBW the flight never came below the clouds and was in IMC during the entire final approach. The most likely cause was that the aircraft was not following the NDB + DME 07 approach procedure descent profile. Consequently the commander did not get visual contact during the approach and he had to make a missed approach.
During the diversion to the alternate aerodrome, BGSF the flight was altitude restricted by ATC to FL190.
One engine was intentionally stopped during the diversion to BGSF. The consequence was a reduction of the aircraft range. A shallow descent was initiated approximately 57 minutes before ETA over BGSF. The shallow descent profile did consume more fuel than a steeper descent profile. The commander decided to make a precautionary landing in the terrain. The aircraft was destroyed during the landing attempt on the rugged and bumpy surface of the icecap.


CADORS 2009A0990

Revision history:

22-Oct-2009 09:00 slowkid Added
22-Oct-2009 13:30 RobertMB Updated
24-Oct-2009 03:21 RobertMB Updated
24-Oct-2009 03:22 RobertMB Updated
14-Nov-2009 23:55 travishollandq Updated
22-Jan-2010 09:53 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
25-Sep-2012 12:35 harro Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Aug-2018 08:24 Captain Adam Updated [Damage]

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