Date & Time: Oct 11, 1987 at 1852 LT
Type of aircraft:
Dassault Falcon 20
Lake, Sea, Ocean, River
West Palm Beach – Bedford – Goose Bay – Keflavik
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Recently purchased by the Spanish operator Drenair, the aircraft departed West Palm Beach, Florida, on a delivery flight to Spain, carrying four passengers and two pilots. After a fuel stop in Bedford, Massachusetts, and Goose Bay, Newfoundland, the aircraft continued to Keflavik, Iceland. While approaching Keflavik, the crew declared an emergency due to fuel exhaustion, informed ATC about his position and ditched the aircraft approximately 70 km southwest of Keflavik. All six occupants were quickly rescued by the crew of a helicopter while the aircraft sank and was lost.
It is believed that the crew encountered strong and unexpected headwinds, causing a higher fuel consumption than calculated. Due to fuel exhaustion, the crew was forced to ditch the aircraft. It is unclear if both engines failed or not prior to ditching.