NTSB cites instructor pilot for fatal Falcon 20 crash

 - July 23, 2007, 11:07 AM

The flight instructor’s lack of experience was cited by the NTSB as causing the fatal crash of a Falcon 20 on April 8, 2003, in Swanton, Ohio. The crew was practicing ILS approaches in IMC with low clouds and rime ice. A first-officer-in-training occupied the right seat, while the instructor, serving as PIC, was in the left seat. On the second approach, the airplane stalled and crashed short of the runway. The PIC had about 1,100 hours in the Falcon 20, but did not have documentation of flight-instruction experience in any multi-engine airplane. The NTSB said the instructor didn’t maintain an appropriate airspeed and failed to turn on the wing and engine anti-ice. The two pilots and a pilot-rated passenger were killed. The aircraft was one of two operated by Grand Aire Express that crashed on the same day. Three hours after the Ohio accident, another of the company’s Falcon 20s crashed in the Mississippi River when both engines flamed out on approach to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The two pilots were injured in that accident.