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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Monday 17 May 2004
Time:11:01
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:Trans Maldivian Airways
Registration: 8Q-TMC
C/n / msn: 434
First flight: 1974
Total airframe hrs:44333
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Male International Airport (MLE) (   Maldives)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Malé International Airport (MLE/VRMM), Maldives
Destination airport:Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives
Narrative:
After 14 passengers had boarded the float-equipped Twin Otter, the flight was cleared for west bound takeoff by Male Tower. Wind was 230/09 knots. The total length of the east west runway available for takeoff and maneuvering up to the Hulhule sea wall is approximately 1000 meters. The aircraft seemed to accelerate slowly. Approaching the sea wall captain, realising the height of the aircraft, pulled on the controls to clear the obstacle. The aircraft left float struck the sea wall and separated. The left wing then rotated upwards at the pivot point at the trailing edge of wing. The airplane then impacted runway 18. The right hand float was pushed upwards, causing it to strike the no. 2 propeller.

Probable Cause:

CAUSAL FACTORS:
The crew failed to select the flaps to the standard 20 degrees as required.
The crew failed to abort the take-off.
The Pilot-in- Command did not take any action to abort the take-off as the aircraft approached the sea wall.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: CAD Maldives
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 90 days (3 months)
Accident number: Accident Investigation Report
Download report: Final report

Sources:
» Civil Aviation Department, Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, Republic of Maldives
» Haveeru Daily


Follow-up / safety actions

CAD Maldives issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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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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