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Last updated: 28 October 2021
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Sunday 14 February 2021
Time:07:32
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:Manta Air
Registration: 8Q-RAE
MSN: 617
First flight: 1979
Total airframe hrs:43932
Cycles:78854
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Malé-Velana International Airport (MLE) (   Maldives)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:COMO Maalifushi Resort, Maldives
Destination airport:Malé-Velana International Airport (MLE/VRMM), Maldives
Narrative:
The float-equipped DHC-6 aircraft operated by Manta Air was on a domestic passenger flight from Como Maalifushi Resort to Velana International Airport.
The aircraft touched down on the water at Velana International Airport and veered right, causing the right-hand wing to dug into the water. The aircraft the swung and flipped upside down.

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: AICC Maldives
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: 2021/01
Download report: Preliminary report

Classification:
Runway mishap

Sources:
» feshun.mv
» Manta Air

METAR Weather report:
01:00 UTC / 06:00 local time:
VRMM 140100Z 09009KT 9000 FEW019 27/23 Q1011 NOSIG

02:00 UTC / 07:00 local time:
VRMM 140200Z 09009KT 9000 FEW018 28/24 Q1012 NOSIG

03:00 UTC / 08:00 local time:
VRMM 140300Z 09008KT 9000 FEW018 29/24 Q1013 NOSIG


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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 COMO Maalifushi Resort to Malé-Velana International Airport as the crow flies is 209 km (131 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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