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Last updated: 27 November 2021
Date:Wednesday 30 January 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic FA10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dassault Falcon 10
Operator:Kellogg Co.
Registration: N253K
MSN: 010
First flight: 1974
Total airframe hrs:3196
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-2-1C
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Chicago-Merrill C Meigs Field, IL (CGX) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Chicago-Merrill C Meigs Field, IL (CGX/KCGX), United States of America
Destination airport:Battle Creek-WK Kellogg Regional Airport, MI (BTL/KBTL), United States of America
The takeoff of the Dassault Falcon 10 was commenced without releasing the parking brake.
The Falcon overran runway 18 at Chicago-Merrill C Meigs Field, IL and came to rest in 25 feet of water about 300 feet from the departure end of the runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flightcrew's failure to release the parking brake before the takeoff roll was started, which resulted in significant wheel/brake drag and a nosedown pitching moment that inhibited the aircraft's capability to effect a normal acceleration and rotation for takeoff. Contributing to the accident was the lack of adequate company checklist procedures to insure the timely release of the parking brakes."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-81-6
Download report: Final report

Brake problem
Runway excursion

Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 2 Safety Recommendations

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Chicago-Merrill C Meigs Field, IL to Battle Creek-WK Kellogg Regional Airport, MI as the crow flies is 199 km (125 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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