Date & Time: Jul 13, 2012 at 1518 LT
Type of aircraft:
Gulfstream GIV
Operator:
Registration:
N823GA
Flight Type:
Positioning
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Nice - Le Castellet
MSN:
1005
YOM:
1987
Flight number:
UJT823
Country:
France
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
3
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Crew was performing a positioning flight from Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport to Le Castellet to park the aircraft for the overnight, the parking in Nice being full. Following an uneventful IFR flight from Nice, crew started a visual approach to runway 13. The airplane touched down about 365 metres from the threshold of runway 13 (landing distance available on runway 13 is 1,705 meters). The ground spoilers, which were not set by the crew during the approach, did not deploy automatically after touch down. At about 1,100 metres from the threshold of runway 13, the airplane's flight path curved to the left and the airplane's sideslip increased. The crew made a maximum input of the right rudder pedal but didn't manage to correct the trajectory. The aircraft exited the runway to the left about 1,320 meters from the threshold of runway 13. It struck runway edge lights, went through a fence, collided with some trees located outside the airport's perimeter and immediately caught fire. An airport fire fighter immediately went to the site of the accident on a fire engine and began fire fighting operations. He did not manage to extinguish the fire. All three crew were killed and aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and post impact fire.
The technical examinations undertaken on the elements of the nose wheel steering system and the airplane's braking system that had not been completely destroyed by the fire, did not bring to light anything that may have contributed to the accident.