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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 off Kuredu Island

Date & Time: Jul 2, 2015 at 1709 LT
Operator:
Registration:
8Q-MAN
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Male - Kuredu Island
MSN:
435
YOM:
1974
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft left the Male seaplane base at 1633 on a schedule flight to the Kuredu Island. While landing some 3 km off shore, the aircraft overturned and sunk. While all 14 occupants were quickly rescued, the aircraft was lost.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter in Maadhiggaru Falhu lagoon

Date & Time: Jul 11, 2011 at 0910 LT
Operator:
Registration:
8Q-TMD
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Male - Male
MSN:
530
YOM:
1977
Flight number:
TMW201A
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
5732
Captain / Total hours on type:
3387.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
2650
Copilot / Total hours on type:
2650
Aircraft flight hours:
34746
Aircraft flight cycles:
62428
Circumstances:
Crew was performing a training flight with touch and goes in the zone of Maadhiggaru Falhu, South Male Atoll. Following a heavy landing, aircraft came to rest and sunk for few metres. Both pilots were uninjured and the company tried to recover the aircraft without success. During salvage operation, aircraft was also damaged. Eventually, it was decided it was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Impact with a high swell during landing followed by a high bounce and hard landing resulting in both float attachments being damaged and detached with a major structural damages. Major contributing factor was higher than normal touch down speed due to abnormal landing configuration.
Contributing factors:
- Selection of inappropriate landing site (channel) and landing direction (tail wind) based on surface conditions present at that time,
- Simulation of multiple emergencies,
- Abnormal landing configuration (flaps at zero) for single engine landing,
- Time pressure to complete the training and return to commercial operations.
Final Report:

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter in Halaveli

Date & Time: Jun 2, 2009 at 1009 LT
Operator:
Registration:
8Q-MAG
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Malé-Halaveli
MSN:
224
YOM:
1969
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3556
Captain / Total hours on type:
3240.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1974
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1688
Aircraft flight hours:
33685
Circumstances:
After a air-to-air photo mission, the crew returned to Halavelhi Resort lagoon. On landing, the aircraft flipped over and came to rest few metres off shore. All 7 occupants escaped with minor injuries but the aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
It was observed by the investigation team that;
• The PIC was conducting flying activities (photographic activities) lower than that allowed in regulations and company operations manual and standard operating procedures.
• At the time of accident a passenger was occupying the co-pilot seat.
• PIC could not make a fair judgment of the aircraft altitude by looking outside since the aircraft was banking to the right for a turn and the co-pilot seat was occupied by a passenger.
• The crew of the aircraft acted swiftly to save lives, after the aircraft came to a halt.
• Investigation revealed that the right float forward and both wingtips were severely damaged. Since the aircraft was right banked at the impact it was evident that the right wing and/or float were the
first to impact with the water.
Final Report:

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter in North Ari Atoll

Date & Time: Jul 14, 2008 at 1230 LT
Operator:
Registration:
8Q-MAS
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Male - North Ari Atoll
MSN:
445
YOM:
1975
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
14
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3150
Captain / Total hours on type:
430.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
2880
Copilot / Total hours on type:
127
Aircraft flight hours:
49129
Circumstances:
On landing near North Ari Atoll, the float equipped aircraft hit a boat with its right float. The aircraft sunk but all 17 occupants escaped uninjured. According to Maldivian Accident Investigation & Coordinating Committee, it appeared that the weather conditions were not good upon arrival : wind 330° at 26 knots, visibility 6 km and rain showers. The aircraft was not able to do a safe go around due to the obstacle (boat); no publication has been issued by Civil Aviation Department (CAD) establishing a safe zone or obstacle free zone for takeoff or rejected landing; the pilot in command (PIC) did not take into consideration the obstacles in the landing area for a missed approach or rejected landing; no operational guidelines by Maldivian Air Taxi (MAT) or a regulation by CAD has been issued on rough water operations of sea plane and no warning or caution signs evident on the floating platform indicating for general public that the area or the platform is for sea plane operational purpose only.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan in Filitheyo

Date & Time: Feb 3, 2000 at 1435 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
8Q-HIF
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Male-Filitheyo
MSN:
208-0289
YOM:
1998
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
1507
Aircraft flight cycles:
7810

Crash of a Dornier DO228 in Male

Date & Time: Oct 18, 1995 at 0946 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9M-PEQ
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kadhoo-Male
MSN:
8213
YOM:
1992
Flight number:
AMI3312
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3152
Captain / Total hours on type:
2948.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
226
Copilot / Total hours on type:
61
Aircraft flight hours:
3857

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter in Felvoru

Date & Time: Feb 7, 1987 at 1200 LT
Registration:
8Q-GIA
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
341
YOM:
1972
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
14
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0

Crash of an Avro 696 Shackleton MR.1 at Gan AFB

Date & Time: May 15, 1962
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VP294
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Gan - Gan
YOM:
1951
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While performing a maritime patrol flight over the Indian Ocean, the crew encountered technical problems and decided to divert to GAN AFB in the Maldivian Islands. The emergency landing was completed without further problem and there were no injuries. However, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Handley Page H.P.67 Hastings C.1 off Gan AFB

Date & Time: Mar 1, 1960
Operator:
Registration:
TG579
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Colombo - Gan AFB
MSN:
70
YOM:
1949
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
14
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Weather conditions at Gan AFB were poor with thunderstorm activity, heavy rain falls and low visibility. The captain decided to abandon the approach and made a go around before following a holding circuit for about 20 minutes, waiting for weather improvement. During a second approach, the crew failed to realize his altitude was insufficient (420 feet below the glide) when the airplane struck the water surface about three km short of runway threshold. All 20 occupants were evacuated while the aircraft was lost.
Probable cause:
Wrong approach configuration on part of the crew who descended below the glide in marginal weather conditions without visual contact with runway. Crew fatigue and impairment of vision by rain were considered as contributing factors.