ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter F-BHEK Sam Neua Airport (NEU)
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Date:Thursday 18 July 1957
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operator:Aigle Azur Extrême Orient
Registration: F-BHEK
MSN: 96
First flight: 1956
Total airframe hrs:1528
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Sam Neua Airport (NEU) (   Laos)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Vientiane-Wattay Airport (VTE/VLVT), Laos
Destination airport:Sam Neua Airport (NEU/VLSN), Laos
Just as the pilot was on short finals, a large horse suddenly started crossing the airstrip in front of him. He opened the throttle, flew over the horse and landed some way down the strip. Unfortunately the wheels locked and braking action was nil. The Otter skidded on the wet grass, overshot the runway and came to rest in a ravine at the end of the strip. Salvage operations damaged the aircraft beyond repair.

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Distance from Vientiane-Wattay Airport to Sam Neua Airport as the crow flies is 311 km (194 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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