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Status: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 27 September 1975
Type:Dassault Falcon 20DC
Operator:Federal Express
Registration: N25FE
MSN: 221
First flight: 1969
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Providence-Theodore Francis Greene State Airport, RI (PVD) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Providence-Theodore Francis Greene State Airport, RI (PVD/KPVD), United States of America
Destination airport:Memphis International Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), United States of America
The Dassault Falcon 20DC had been cleared for a night-time take-off on runway 23L at Providence-Theodore Francis Greene State Airport, Rhode Island, USA. The controller had instructed the flight to "taxi through the Guard ramp with caution"
The 'Guard ramp' referred to the National Guard facility located on the north ramp between runways 23R and 23L. This was a temporary taxi route due to repaving and construction work at the airport.
The flight crew understood a "guarded ramp," which they had interpreted as a reference to construction barricades located to the west of runway 23R.
The aircraft was turned right onto runway 23R, which was closed and used as a parking area for aircraft.
During the take-off run the aircraft first struck the nose of a DC-9, then the nose of a Boeing 727, and a pick-up truck parked adjacent to the Boeing 727 .
The aircraft came to a stop on the departure end of the runway. All three aircraft sustained substantial damage. The pick-up truck was destroyed by a fire which also damaged the left wing of the B727.

Weather at the time was: measured 120 m (400 ft) overcast, visibility 4800 m (3 mi), with light rain and fog. Runway 23R lights were on at the time of the accident.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - failed to follow approved procedures,directives,etc.
miscellaneous acts,conditions - runway closed
airports/airways/facilities - airport facilities: other

Landing or takeoff on wrong runway
Runway mishap



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Distance from Providence-Theodore Francis Greene State Airport, RI to Memphis International Airport, TN as the crow flies is 1763 km (1102 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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.
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