ASN Aircraft accident Fokker F-27 Friendship 200 VH-FNH Launceston Airport, TAS (LST)
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Date:Wednesday 17 March 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-27 Friendship 200
Registration: VH-FNH
MSN: 10180
First flight: 1961
Total airframe hrs:7500
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 23
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Launceston Airport, TAS (LST) (   Australia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Flinders Island Airport, TAS (FLS/YFLI), Australia
Destination airport:Launceston Airport, TAS (LST/YMLT), Australia
To avoid turbulence over the mountain area near Launceston, the cruising level was maintained prior to entry into the airport circuit pattern. Just prior to turning for finals, trouble was experienced in the pitch-lock mechanism of the no. 1 prop. The prop was feathered and the approach was continued with full flaps, but without immediately increasing power on the remaining engine. The high rate of descent was not arrested during the turn, resulting in a slightly low altitude. Power was added and speed reduced to control the descent rate, but the crew were unable to maintain runway heading. An overshoot was attempted, but the speed had dropped below minimum control speed. The left wing dropped as full power was applied to the no. 2 engine. The wing struck the ground and the aircraft crashed, coming to rest 740 feet abeam the runway threshold. Fuel tanks ruptured and caused a fire, which was quickly extinguished.

» Friendship forever nr.6
» Willem Wendt


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Distance from Flinders Island Airport, TAS to Launceston Airport, TAS as the crow flies is 174 km (109 miles).

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