Accident Dassault Falcon 50 N52DC, Sunday 28 October 1990
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Date:Sunday 28 October 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic FA50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Dassault Falcon 50
Owner/operator:Dow Chemical Company
Registration: N52DC
MSN: 126
Year of manufacture:1981
Engine model:GARRETT TFE 731-3-1C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:near Parkersburg, WV -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Lewisburg-Greenbrier Valley Airport, WV (LWB/KLWB)
Destination airport:Freeland-Tri City Airport, MI (MBS/KMBS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
N52DC was climbing through FL280 when the flight crew felt a 'violent shudder' in the airframe and observed indications of a left engine failure. Visual examination of the left engine revealed the fan section had separated (uncontained failure/tearaway). The airplane was landed without further incident. A post-accident examination of the parts revealed the fan disc failed catastrophically due to low cycle fatigue.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Catastrophic failure of the left engine fan disc due to low cycle fatigue."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NYC91LA020
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years 1 month
Download report: Final report



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