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Saint Gallen

Crash of an Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 in Altenrhein

Date & Time: Aug 6, 2012 at 1540 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CN-MBR
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Geneva - Altenrhein
MSN:
505-00025
YOM:
2010
Flight number:
DLI211
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crew encountered marginal weather conditions upon arrival at Saint-Gall-Altenrhein Airport. After touch down on runway 10, plane did not stop as expected, overran, went through a fence and came to rest in a corn field. All three occupants were uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. At the time of the accident, visibility was nine km with heavy rain falls and broken clouds at 4,500 feet.

Crash of a Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter in Altenrhein

Date & Time: Jan 29, 2002 at 1200 LT
Operator:
Registration:
V-615
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
635
YOM:
1967
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On takeoff, control was lost for unknown reasons. Nobody was hurt but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Cessna 425 Conquest off Altenrhein: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jan 24, 1994
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D-IEFW
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Riga - Prague - Altenrhein - Paris
MSN:
425-0228
YOM:
1985
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was completing a charter flight from Riga to Paris-Le Bourget with intermediate stops in Prague and Altenrhein. On approach to Altenrhein Airport, the aircraft lost height and crashed in the Constance Lake (Bodensee) about 4 km short of runway 10, off Rorschach. Three dead bodies were found few days later and the wreckage was located at a depth of 160 metres on February 7 only. The bodies of the pilot, a female passenger and a dog were never recovered.
Probable cause:
The exact cause of the accident could not be determined. The aircraft quickly lost altitude on final for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Rockwell Gulfstream 690D Jetprop 900 off Altenrhein: 11 killed

Date & Time: Feb 23, 1989 at 1059 LT
Operator:
Registration:
OE-FCS
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Vienna - Hohenems
MSN:
690-15036
YOM:
1984
Flight number:
RY102
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
11
Captain / Total flying hours:
6945
Captain / Total hours on type:
1160.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1400
Copilot / Total hours on type:
400
Aircraft flight hours:
5197
Aircraft flight cycles:
4295
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Vienna-Schwechat Airport in the morning on a special flight to Hohenems-Dornbirn Airport, carrying nine passengers and two pilots, among them Alfred Dallinger, Austrian Minister of Labor. While descending to Hohenems Airport, the crew encountered poor weather conditions and decided to divert to Altenrhein Airport, Saint-Gall, Switzerland. At 1054, the aircraft passed the Altenrhein VOR at an altitude of 2,000 feet with an horizontal visibility estimated to 3-4 km with nebulosity. After completing the last turn to join the glide for a runway 10 approach, the aircraft was still over clouds at a 2,000 feet QNH altitude. Suddenly, the aircraft struck the water surface and crashed in the lake of Constance (Bodensee) about 5,100 meters short of runway 10 threshold. The wreckage was found off the village of Horn. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and all 11 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
The accident was probably caused by the fact that the crew continued the approach under VFR mode in IMC conditions.
The following contributing factors were reported:
- Poor judgment of the weather situation prevailing in the approach sector,
- Deficiency in the distribution of tasks within the crew during the final approach,
- Improper use of the altitude alert / preselect system and the radio altimeter,
- The crew was stressed by the unfavorable weather conditions and the incoming of a layer of fog,
- Psychological pressure on the crew due to the presence on board of an important personality.