Accident Dassault Falcon 50 N784B, Sunday 10 November 1985
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Date:Sunday 10 November 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic FA50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Dassault Falcon 50
Owner/operator:Nabisco Brands, Inc.
Registration: N784B
MSN: 118
Year of manufacture:1982
Engine model:Garrett TFE731-3-1C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:7,2 km ESE of Teterboro Airport, NJ (TEB) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Morristown Municipal Airport, NJ (MMU/KMMU)
Destination airport:Teterboro Airport, NJ (TEB/KTEB)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Dassault Falcon 50 jet (N784B) and an Air Pegasus Piper PA-28-181 Archer (N1977H) collided about 1500 feet over the towns of Fairview and Cliffside Park, New Jersey, USA. The Falcon 50 was cleared for a standard instrument approach procedure in visual meteorological conditions and was in a left turn to position itself on the downwind leg to runway 19 at the Teterboro Airport, and the PA-28 was transiting the airport traffic area from west to east when they collided. The accident occurred 4 1/2 miles east-southeast at the edge of the airport traffic area in visual meteorological conditions. Both airplanes had been in radio contact with the Teterboro control tower. The flightcrew, the only occupants aboard the Falcon 50, and the pilot and two passengers onboard the PA-28 were killed. The Falcon 50 crashed into an apartment building killing one resident and seriously injuring two bystanders.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A breakdown in air traffic control coordination which resulted in an air traffic conflict and the inability of the DA50 flightcrew to ‘see and avoid' the other aircraft due to (1) an erroneous and inadequate traffic advisory and (2) the physiological limitations of human vision and reaction time at night. Air traffic control management contributed to the accident by failing to insure that controllers were following prescribed procedures and by failing to recognize and correct operational deficiencies."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NTSB/AAR-87/05
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Download report: Final report




photo (c) NTSB; Teterboro Airport, NJ (TEB); 10 November 1985

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