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Status:Final
Date:Monday 5 November 1979
Time:17:03
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:South Pacific Island Airways - SPIA
Registration: N23BC
MSN: 431
First flight: 1974
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tau Airport (TAV) (   American Samoa)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Pago Pago International Airport (PPG/NSTU), American Samoa
Destination airport:Tau Airport (TAV), American Samoa
Narrative:
The co-pilot did not call out the low airspeed on finals, causing the plane to make a heavy landing. The plane veered off the runway and collided with trees.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - improper level off
pilot in command - improper recovery from bounced landing
FACTOR:
copilot - failed to follow approved procedures,directives,etc.

Classification:
Bounced on landing
Runway excursion

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Pago Pago International Airport to Tau Airport as the crow flies is 129 km (81 miles).

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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