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Last updated: 21 October 2017
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Date:Monday 19 February 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic B701 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-123B
Operator:Quebecair
Registration: C-GQBH
C/n / msn: 17650/67
First flight: 1959
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-1-MC6
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 162
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 171
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Saint Lucia-Hewanorra Airport (UVF) (   Saint Lucia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Toronto International Airport, ON (YYZ/CYYZ), Canada
Destination airport:Saint Lucia-Hewanorra Airport (UVF/TLPL), Saint Lucia
Flightnumber: 714
Narrative:
Quebecair Flight 714 was approaching Hewanorra Airport runway 10 when it was caught by windshear (a mountain wave). When already over the runway threshold the aircraft stopped its descent. The co-pilot, who was pilot flying, retarded the throttles. However at that moment the aircraft had passed the windshear zone and slammed onto the runway from a height of 6 m. The Boeing 707 bounced twice, causing the nosegear to collapse. The Boeing slid 2000 feet and came to rest 4100 feet from the threshold. The aircraft was sold to Aviation Sales as N311AS and was broken up at St. Lucia in 1979.

Sources:
» Jet-Airliner Unfälle seit 1952 / J. Richter, Chr. Wolf


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Distance from Toronto International Airport, ON to Saint Lucia-Hewanorra Airport as the crow flies is 3749 km (2343 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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