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Last updated: 28 January 2022
Date:Monday 28 September 1998
Time:ca 13:30
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:TACV - Cabo Verde Airlines
Registration: D4-CAX
MSN: 550
First flight: 1977
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 22
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Praia-Francisco Mendes Airport (RAI) (   Cape Verde)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:São Nicolau-Preguica Airport (SNE/GVSN), Cape Verde
Destination airport:Praia-Francisco Mendes Airport (RAI/GVFM), Cape Verde
The Twin Otter, carrying Cape Verdes Prime Minister Carlos Veiga, approached Praia runway 22 when the wind suddenly shifted. The pilot executed a visual circuit to land on runway 04. Because of stormy weather, a tight left final turn was made. During this turn for finals, the aircraft struck the ground. The accident took the life of one of the bodyguards of Mr Veiga. Four occupants were injured.

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photo of DHC-6-Twin-Otter-300-D4-CAX
accident date: 28-09-1998
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
registration: D4-CAX

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 São Nicolau-Preguica Airport to Praia-Francisco Mendes Airport as the crow flies is 202 km (126 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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