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Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Donnerstag 11 Oktober 1984
Zeit:17:37
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 100
Fluggesellschaft:Labrador Airways
Kennzeichen: C-FAUS
Werknummer: 34
Baujahr: 1967
Betriebsstunden:17585
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:ca 46 km SE of Goose Bay Airport, NL (YYR) (   Kanada)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Ambulanz
Flug von:St. Anthony Airport, NL (YAY/CYAY), Kanada
Flug nach:Goose Bay Airport, NL (YYR/CYYR), Kanada
Unfallbericht:
The Twin Otter departed Goose Bay on a medical evacuation flight to St. Anthony. The flight was uneventful and landed in St. Anthony at 15:24. At 16:02, the aircraft departed St. Anthony on a VFR flight back to Goose Bay. On board were the two pilots and the doctor and nurse. Approaching the Goose Bay Airport, weather became marginal, but the crew continued visual flight. The crew likely encountered near zero forward visibility in snow showers and fog; it is probable that they were able to maintain vertical contact with the ground and were confident they could continue flight with visual reference to the ground. The crew may not have been able to see terrain ahead and therefore may not have been able to determine if the aircraft would clear the hills, particularly, when steep hills were encountered. The plane struck a rock outcropping 100 feet below the summit of a 2,050-foot mountain. After bouncing twice, the Twin Otter had come to rest in a small, wooded gully, approximately 350 feet from the initial point of impact.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Canadian Aviation Safety Board determined that the flight was attempted in mountainous terrain in marginal weather conditions. The aircraft was flown at an altitude which did not provide terrain clearance, and the aircraft struck amountain for undetermined reasons."



Fotos

photo of DHC-6-Twin-Otter-100-C-FAUS
accident date: 11-10-1984
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 100
registration: C-FAUS
 

Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from St. Anthony Airport, NL to Goose Bay Airport, NL as the crow flies is 362 km (226 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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