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Last updated: 26 October 2021
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Date:Tuesday 17 August 1999
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:Alliance Air Express
Registration: 9XR-KD
MSN: 827
First flight: 1985
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Lobutu (   Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Kigali-Gregoire Kayibanda Airport (KGL/HRYR), Rwanda
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Twin Otter was flying cargo to an airstrip on a widened road near Lobutu. Using GPS the crew managed to break through clouds near the airstrip. Visibility of 1 km however caused the crew to land 3 km past the prepared strip. The wing struck an embankment causing substantial damage.

The wreckage was sold to F&M Aviation and shipped to Canada were it was rebuilt in 2007 and delivered to Polynesian Airlines as 5W-FAW in May 2008.

Sources:
» Scramble 248
» World Airline Accident Summary- Airclaims


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