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Cras of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter in Mojo: 18 killed

Date & Time: Aug 30, 2018 at 1030 LT
Operator:
Registration:
ET-AIU
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Dire Dawa – Harar Meda
MSN:
822
YOM:
1985
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
15
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
18
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane departed Dire Dawa in the morning on a flight to Harar Meda Airbase located in Debre Zeit, carrying 15 Army officers and three civilians on behalf of the Ethiopian Army. While descending to Harar Meda, the airplane crashed in unknown circumstances in a wooded area located in Mojo, some 17 km southeast of the airfield. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all 18 occupants were killed, among them two children. Operated on behalf of the Ethiopian Army with dual registration ET-AIU & 808.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin otter at Simikot

Date & Time: Nov 28, 2017
Operator:
Registration:
9N-ABM
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Simikot - Surkhet
MSN:
455
YOM:
1975
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was completing a flight from Simikot to Surkhet, carrying 13 police personnel who were returning after the elections, and three crew members. During takeoff roll, the airplane went out of control, veered off runway and eventually came to rest with its nose seriously bent. Both pilots and the steward were injured while all other occupants were evacuated safely. The aircraft was badly damaged. It is believed that a tire burst during takeoff.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 in Male

Date & Time: Oct 4, 2017 at 1616 LT
Operator:
Registration:
8Q-ISB
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dhaalu Atoll - Male
MSN:
655
YOM:
29
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
14
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Upon landing in the seaplane base of Male-Velana Intl Airport, the airplane struck the water surface, came to rest upside down and sank few meters from the shore. All 17 occupants were rescued while the airplane seems to be written off. At the time of the accident, weather conditions were poor with cumulonimbus and rain falls.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 at Perris Valley

Date & Time: May 24, 2017 at 1515 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N708PV
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Perris Valley - Perris Valley
MSN:
489
YOM:
1976
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3358
Captain / Total hours on type:
2131.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1893
Copilot / Total hours on type:
12
Aircraft flight hours:
37885
Circumstances:
The pilot of the twin-engine, turbine-powered airplane reported that, while providing flights for skydivers throughout the day, he had a potential new hire pilot flying with him in the right seat. He added that, on the eighth flight of the day, the new pilot was flying during the approach and "approximately 200 feet south from the threshold of [runway] 15 at approximately 15 feet AGL [above ground level] the bottom violently and unexpectedly dropped out. [He] believe[d] some kind of wind shear caused the aircraft [to] slam onto [the] runway and bounce into the air at a 45 to 60-degree bank angle to the right." The prospective pilot then said, "you got it." The pilot took control of the airplane and initiated a go-around by increasing power, which aggravated the "off runway heading." The right wing contacted the ground, the airplane exited the runway to the right and impacted a fuel truck, and the right wing separated from the airplane. The impact caused the pilot to unintentionally add max power, and the airplane, with only the left engine functioning, ground looped to the right, coming to rest nose down.
Probable cause:
The prospective pilot's improper landing flare and the pilot's delayed remedial action to initiate a go-around, which resulted in a runway excursion.
Final Report:

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 400 near Dana: 23 killed

Date & Time: Feb 24, 2016 at 0800 LT
Operator:
Registration:
9N-AHH
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Pokhara – Jomsom
MSN:
926
YOM:
2015
Flight number:
TA193
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
20
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
23
Captain / Total flying hours:
20800
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft (a Viking Air DHC-6 Twin Otter 400 version) left Pokhara at 0750LT bound for Jomsom, a 18 minutes flight. About ten minutes later, while cruising in marginal weather conditions, the aircraft hit the slope of a mountain and crashed. As it failed to arrive at destination, SAR operations were conducted and the wreckage was found at 1325LT. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all 23 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the crew deviated from the prescribed route to the left while descending to Jomsom due to the presence of clouds in the area. In doing so, the aircraft descended to 10,000 feet in clouds while flying under visual flight rules (VFR). When the GPWS warning sounded, the crew failed to react immediately and the aircraft hit a cliff at the altitude of 10,700 feet before coming to rest at the altitude of 10,982 feet. The commission reported that ignoring the GPWS warning had become habit with certain flight crews.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 on Mt Latimojong: 10 killed

Date & Time: Oct 2, 2015 at 1515 LT
Operator:
Registration:
PK-BRM
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Masamba – Makassar
MSN:
741
YOM:
1981
Flight number:
VIT7503
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft left Masamba-Andi Jemma Airport at 1425LT for a flight to Makassar with an ETA at 1539LT. Contact was lost around 1515LT when the aircraft was cruising at his assigned altitude of 8,000 feet in the center of South Sulawesi. The wreckage was eventually spotted on October 5. It appears the aircraft hit tree tops and apparently crashed in a mountainous area, near Mount Latimojong. The aircraft was destroyed and all 10 occupants were killed.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 200 in Dubai

Date & Time: Oct 2, 2015
Operator:
Registration:
DU-SD4
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dubai - Dubai
MSN:
132
YOM:
1968
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful skydiving mission over the Dubai Drop Zone, the pilot was returning to his base when upon landing on runway 06, the aircraft veered off runway to the left, hit an embankment and came to rest with the right wing sheared off. While the pilot was unhurt, the aircraft appears to be written off.