Date & Time: Feb 12, 2009 at 1612 LT
Type of aircraft:
Dassault Falcon 10
Registration:
VP-BAF
Flight Type:
Private
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Vienna - Samedan
MSN:
210
YOM:
1987
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
17269
Captain / Total hours on type:
739
Copilot / Total flying hours:
2591
Copilot / Total hours on type:
119
Aircraft flight hours:
6386
Circumstances:
On landing in Samedan, the aircraft hit the runway and was cut in two. The cockpit was destroyed and both pilots killed. The passenger survived but was seriously injured. The airport was closed for 24 hours.
Probable cause:
The accident is attributable to the fact that the crew wanted to make a landing with inadequate visual references from an unfavorable initial position and as a result, after touchdown the aircraft collided with a snowbank running along the runway.
The following factors contributed to the accident:
• The rapidly changing weather conditions on the mountain aerodrome of Samedan were misjudged by the crew.
• A coordinated crew working method in terms of crew resource manage-ment was missing.
• The deactivation of the EGPWS, which meant that acoustic messages con-cerning the aircraft’s height above ground and bank angle were no longer available in the final phase of the approach up to the first contact with the runway.
• A snowbank up to four metres high ran along the edge of the runway.