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Crash of a Piper PA-46-310P Malibu off Alderney: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jan 21, 2019 at 2023 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N264DB
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Nantes - Cardiff
MSN:
46-8408037
YOM:
1984
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Nantes at 1915LT for Cardiff, carrying one passenger (the Argentinian football player Emiliano Sala) and one pilot. While cruising over the Channel Islands at an altitude of 5,000 feet in marginal weather conditions, the pilot requested to reduce his altitude after passing over Guernsey. Jersey ATC lost contact whilst it was flying at 2,300 feet. SAR operations were engaged on Monday night until 0200LT Tuesday and were re-deployed in Tuesday morning. After 24 hours, the wreckage has not been found. At the time of the accident, weather conditions were marginal with rain falls and winds up to 50 km/h. On February 4, 2019, the wreckage (relatively intact) was found at a depth of 63 meters few km north of the island of Guernsey. On February 6, a dead body was found in the cabin and recovered. It was later confirmed this was Emiliano Sala.

Crash of a Cessna T303 Crusader off Jersey: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 4, 2013 at 1020 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N289CW
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Dinan - Jersey
MSN:
303-00032
YOM:
1981
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft, owned by the British businessman Carl Whiteley, took off from Dinan (Côtes-d'Armor) for Jersey, UK. While approaching Jersey, pilot encountered poor visibility due to fog. On approach, aircraft crashed into the Bay of Saint-Ouen, some 8 km west of Jersey. Search and rescue found some debris few hours later and it was confirmed that both occupants (Carl Whiteley and his wife) were killed.

Crash of an ATR42-320 in Jersey

Date & Time: Jun 16, 2012 at 0823 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-DRFC
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Guernsey - Jersey
MSN:
007
YOM:
1986
Flight number:
BCI308
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
40
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
6106
Captain / Total hours on type:
1255.00
Circumstances:
The crew, comprising a commander, co-pilot and cabin crewmember, reported for duty at 0620 hrs at Guernsey Airport. The commander was conducting line training of the co-pilot, a first officer who had recently joined the companyThe first sector was to be from Guernsey to Jersey. No problems were identified during the pre-flight preparation and the aircraft departed on time at 0705 hrs, with the commander acting as handling pilot. The short flight was without incident and the weather for landing was reported as good, with the wind from 210° at 16 kt, FEW cloud at 2,000 ft and visibility in excess of 10 km. The commander elected to carry out a visual approach to Runway 27 at Jersey, using a planned approach speed of 107 kt and flap 30 selected for landing. During the approach, the gear was selected down and the flight crew confirmed the three green ‘gear safe’ indication lights were illuminated, indicating that the gear was locked in the down position. The commander reported that both the approach and touchdown seemed normal, with the crosswind from the left resulting in the left main gear touching first. Just after touchdown both pilots heard a noise and the commander stated the aircraft appeared to settle slightly differently from usual. This made him believe that a tyre had burst. The cabin crew member also heard a noise after touchdown which she too thought was from a tyre bursting. The commander selected ground idle and partial reverse pitch and, as the aircraft decelerated through 70 kt, the co-pilot took over control of the ailerons, as per standard procedures, to allow the commander to take control of the steering tiller. The co-pilot reported that despite applying corrective inputs the aircraft continued rolling to the left. A member of ground operations staff, situated at Holding Point E, reported to the tower controller that the left landing gear leg of the aircraft did not appear to be down properly as it passed him. The aircraft continued to quickly roll to the left until the left wingtip and propeller contacted the runway. The aircraft remained on the runway, rapidly coming to a halt to the left of the centreline, approximately abeam Holding Point D. Both propellers continued to rotate and the commander selected the condition levers to the fuel shutoff position and pulled the fire handles to shut both engines down. The tower controller, seeing the incident, pressed the crash alarm and airfield emergency services were quickly in attendance.
Probable cause:
The recorded data indicates that the rate of descent during the final approach phase was not excessive and remained low through the period of the touchdown. Although the registered vertical acceleration at ground contact was high, this is not consistent with the recorded descent rate and is believed to have been the effect of the close physical proximity of the accelerometer to the location of the fractured side brace. It is reasonable to assume that the release of strain energy during the fracturing process produced an instant shock load recorded as a 3 g spike.The general nature of the failure mechanism precipitating the collapse of the landing gear is clear. A fatigue crack propagated through most of the cross-section of one side of an attachment lug of the left main landing gear side brace upper arm. This continued as a final region of ductile cracking until complete failure occurred. The increased loading, during normal operation, on other elements of the twin lugs, once the initial crack was large or had passed completely through the section, led to overloading in the other section of the forward lug and both sections of the aft lug. This caused rapid onset of three small areas of fatigue damage followed by ductile overload failure of both lugs. The failure rendered the side brace ineffective and the unrestrained main trunnion continued to translate outboard leading to the collapse of the gear. The aluminium was found to be within the specifications to which it was made. The initial fatigue crack emanated from a feature which was inter-granular and high in titanium content, which was probably a TiB2 particle introduced during grain refining. This was surrounded by an area consistent with static loading before propagating a crack in fatigue. Given that there was not a measurable effect on the fatigue life of the material with the feature, and that an area of static overload was evident immediately surrounding the TiB2 particle, it is therefore concluded that at some time during the life of the side brace component it probably suffered a single loading event sufficient to exploit the presence of the origin, initiating a crack that remained undetectable until failure.
Final Report:

Crash of a Fokker F27 in Guernsey: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jan 12, 1999 at 1706 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-CHNL
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Luton-Saint-Pierre
MSN:
10508
YOM:
1975
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
3930
Captain / Total hours on type:
750.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
958
Copilot / Total hours on type:
317

Crash of a De Havilland Dash-7 in Saint Pierre, Guernsey: 2 killed

Date & Time: Nov 28, 1998 at 0947 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
VP-CDY
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Guernesey-Guernesey
MSN:
084
YOM:
1982
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
15000
Captain / Total hours on type:
4000.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
17200
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1700

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Guernsey: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 12, 1998 at 1842 LT
Operator:
Registration:
CN-TFP
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Tanger-Saint Pierre
MSN:
31-7552086
YOM:
1975
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
9100
Aircraft flight hours:
5253

Crash of a Fokker F27 in Saint Pierre, Guernsey

Date & Time: Dec 7, 1997 at 1818 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-BNCY
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Southampton-Saint Pierre
MSN:
10558
YOM:
1977
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
50
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
14000
Captain / Total hours on type:
2865.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
2150
Copilot / Total hours on type:
320
Aircraft flight hours:
44877
Aircraft flight cycles:
53639