Date & Time: Feb 23, 1979 at 0040 LT
Type of aircraft:
Great Western Airlines
Cedar Rapids - Memphis - Springfield
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Captain / Total hours on type:
The pilot, sole on board, was completing a night cargo flight from Cedar Rapids to Springfield with an intermediate stop in Memphis. Cleared by ATC to align on runway for takeoff, the pilot increased engine power and entered the runway when the aircraft was struck by a Federal Express (FedEx) Dassault Falcon 20 registered N36FE that just landed on the same runway. The right wing of the Falcon struck the Beechcraft that caught fire instantly. The crew of the Falcon 20 was able to stop normally and the aircraft was slightly damaged. The Beech 18 was destroyed by fire and its pilot evacuated with minor injuries.
Ground collision between two aircraft after traffic control personnel issued improper or conflicting instructions.