ASN logo
Last updated: 25 September 2021
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mardi 7 janvier 1997
Heure:10:38
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Compagnie:Polynesian Airlines
Immatriculation: 5W-FAU
Numéro de série: 678
Année de Fabrication: 1980
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Equipage:victimes: 1 / à bord: 2
Passagers:victimes: 2 / à bord: 3
Total:victimes: 3 / à bord: 5
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:4 km (2.5 milles) SW of Apia-Fagali'i Airport (FGI) (   Iles Samoa)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Pago Pago International Airport (PPG/NSTU), Samoa américaines
Aéroport de destination:Apia-Fagali'i Airport (FGI/NSFI), Iles Samoa
Numéro de vol: 211
Détails:
A de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 passenger plane sustained substantial damage in an accident on Mount Vaea, Samoa. Two of the three passengers and one of the two pilots were killed.
Polynesian Airlines flight 211 had departed Pago Pago (PPG), American Samoa on a scheduled service to Apia-Fagali'i Airport (FGI), Samoa. Due to bad weather at it's destination, the aircraft diverted to Faleolo Airport. An instrument approach was flown, but the flight was not able to land. The captain decided to continue in a westerly direction towards Fagali'i Airport. He flew by visual reference in conditions of low cloud and heavy rain.
The airplane flew into the western slope of Mount Vaea, coming to rest on the slope with both wings separated.

Probable Cause:

The following causal factors were identified:
* The decision by the captain to continue the flight toward Fagali'i in reduced visibility and subsequently in cloud.
* Mis-identification of ground features, or an inappropriate heading and altitude flown, as a result of inadequate visual reference.
* Insufficient forward visibility to ensure effective and timely action to avoid a collision with terrain.

Sources:
» FAA
» Reuters
» Samoa Observer
» TAIC NZ


Opérations de secours

TAIC issued 7 Safety Recommendations

Show all...

Photos

Add your photo of this accident or aircraft

Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Pago Pago International Airport et Apia-Fagali'i Airport est de 123 km (77 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
languages: languages

Share