A Bad Day In Toledo
There don't seem to be any obvious connections between the crash of two similar aircraft from the same airline on the same day last Tuesday. The Daussault Falcon 20s crashed five hours and 400 miles apart. Three pilots were killed in a crash about a mile short of the runway at Toledo Express Airport -- no immediate cause was indicated. In St. Louis, however, the two crew radioed they were short of fuel before ditching the jet in the Mississippi River near the Gateway Arch. (more) Killed in the Toledo crash were Grand Aire's chief pilot Wallis Bouldin, David Davenport and Will Forshay. The NTSB speculated that it might have been a training accident but it's also taken both engines and a cockpit display for further analysis. In the St. Louis accident, pilots Saleem Iqbal and Mohammed Saleh were taken to hospital after being rescued from the river. The crashes were fifth and sixth (five involved Falcons) for Grand Aire since 2000. The charter company delivers auto parts and general cargo as well as passenger flights and has 26 aircraft.