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Date:Thursday 21 December 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Operator:Air Guadeloupe
Registration: F-OGFE
MSN: 258
First flight: 1969
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Sint Maarten (   Sint Maarten)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Pointe--Pitre-Le Raizet Airport (PTP/TFFR), Guadeloupe
Destination airport:Sint Maarten-Juliana Airport (SXM/TNCM), Sint Maarten
The Twin Otter operated a flight on behalf of Air France from Guadeloupe to St. Maarten in the Caribbean. It crashed at night, near the island of St. Maarten.

» UPI, 26-12-1972


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Distance from Pointe--Pitre-Le Raizet Airport to Sint Maarten-Juliana Airport as the crow flies is 257 km (161 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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