Falcon 50 Deliberately Torched (Updated)


A deliberately set fire destroyed a 40-year-old Falcon 50 at a Toronto airport on Thursday and whoever did it apparently wanted it known it was intentional. Emergency crews were called to the ramp of Buttonville Airport just before midnight where the groundbreaking tri-jet from the 1970s was burning merrily in the middle of a snowstorm. They found a hole cut in the perimeter fence, boot tracks in the freshly fallen snow and a gas can.

The fire burned away most of the cabin before it could be knocked down. Post-crash photos showed the airstair deployed. The aircraft had reportedly been parked there for months. It is registered to Adams Aviation Services Inc. Trustee a Delaware corporation. It’s not clear why it was in Toronto or precisely for how long.

An earlier version of this story said that Elite Air was the operator of the aircraft but a spokesman told AVweb Sunday the company stopped operating it in early 2019.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. “Parked there for months.” Who would wish this end to life on any airplane, let alone what was once a state of the art airplane? Unfortunately derelicts are increasingly becoming part of ramp scenery, ie one Lear 23, two Lear 24s and one Lear 25 at my home airport in full view from my open hangar door. They’ll never fly again but I’d never want to see them come to this end. Their owners have quit paying for ramp space, they are too cheap to pay salvage costs, and local authorities seem powerless to remove them. However if I am ever caught self refueling my own vintage airplane even with approved containers and methods on airport premises they promise me I’ll be evicted.

  2. I’d love to take up one of those planes and use it as an office space if my backyard was big enough. It would be a win-win for everyone.