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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Friday 24 July 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Operator:Air Madagascar
Registration: 5R-MGB
C/n / msn: 327
First flight: 1971
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:NE of Maroantsetra Airport (WMN) (   Madagascar)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Maroantsetra Airport (WMN/FMNR), Madagascar
Destination airport:Antalaha-Antsirabato (ANM/FMNH), Madagascar
Flightnumber: 112
Narrative:
Struck a mountain to the northeast of Maroantsetra.
The airplane operated on domestic flight MD112 from Mandritsara (WMA) to Sambava (SVB) with en route stops at Maroantsetra (WMN), Antalaha (ANM), Andapa (ZWA) and Doany (DOA).

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Madagascar Matin, 28 Juillet 1981
» Hazolava, 9 Septembre 1981


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Distance from Maroantsetra Airport to Antalaha-Antsirabato as the crow flies is 83 km (52 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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