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Last updated: 28 September 2021
Date:Saturday 30 April 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic F50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker 50
Operator:Air Vallée
Registration: SE-LEZ
MSN: 20128
First flight: 1988-08-02 (27 years 9 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW125B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) (   Italy)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Rimini Airport (RMI/LIPR), Italy
Destination airport:Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA/LICC), Italy
Air Vallée flight W21908 made a nose gear-up landing at Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA), Italy.
The aircraft, a Fokker 50, operated by Air Vallée, departed Rimini at 08:49 on a domestic service to Catania. The aircraft was approaching runway 08 at Catania Airport when the nose landing gear failed to deploy. The approach was abandoned about 10:37 hours. The airplane climbed to 2900 feet and entered a holding pattern to the east of the airport while the crew tried to troubleshoot the problem.
Finally a forced landing was carried out on runway 08 at 11:34 with the nose gear doors open but the nose gear retracted.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ANSV
Status: Investigation ongoing

Gear-up landing
Runway mishap



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Distance from Rimini Airport to Catania-Fontanarossa Airport as the crow flies is 752 km (470 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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