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Date:Tuesday 8 April 2003
Type:Silhouette image of generic FA20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dassault Falcon 20C
Operator:Grand Aire Express
Registration: N183GA
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
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) W of Toledo, OH (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Traverse City Airport, MI (TVC/KTVC), United States of America
Destination airport:Toledo-Express Airport, OH (TOL/KTOL), United States of America
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:

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."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Accident number: NYC03FA080
Download report: Summary report
Language: English

Loss of control

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photo of Dassault-Falcon-20-N183GA
accident date: 08-04-2003
type: Dassault Falcon 20
registration: N183GA

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 Traverse City Airport, MI to Toledo-Express Airport, OH as the crow flies is 376 km (235 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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Falcon 20

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