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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Date:Saturday 8 May 1999
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Registration: YJ-RV9
C/n / msn: 694
First flight: 1980
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 12
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:11 km (6.9 mls) off Port Vila (   Vanuatu)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Espirítu Santo-Pekoa Airport (SON/NVSS), Vanuatu
Destination airport:Port Vila-Bauerfield Airport (VLI/NVVV), Vanuatu
The Vanair de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter crashed into sea near Port Vila (Vanuatu) in a heavy rain squall. Five survivors were able to swim ashore. Seven other occupants presumably drowned.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

» Tommy Maurer
» World Airline Accident Summary- Airclaims
» Alive! / by Neil Watts and William Johnsson (Adventist Review, 11.11.1999)


photo of de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 G-BHXG
G-BHXG was sold to Schreiner Airways as PH-STG and after a lease to Pelangi Air (9M-PEH) sold to Vanair, May 1990
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Espirítu Santo-Pekoa Airport to Port Vila-Bauerfield Airport as the crow flies is 270 km (169 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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