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Accident description
Last updated: 10 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 2 January 2015
Time:08:33
Type:Silhouette image of generic SF34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Saab 340B
Operating for:Flybe
Leased from:Loganair
Registration: G-LGNL
C/n / msn: 340B-246
First flight: 1991-04-23 (23 years 9 months)
Engines: 2 General Electric CT7-9B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 26
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 29
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Stornoway Airport (SYY) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Stornoway Airport (SYY/EGPO), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Glasgow International Airport (GLA/EGPF), United Kingdom
Flightnumber:BE6821
Narrative:
A Saab 340B, performing flight BE6821 from Stornoway Airport (SYY) to Glasgow (GLA) suffered a runway excursion upon takeoff.
At 08:32 hrs G-LGNL was cleared to enter runway 18 at Stornoway Airport and take off, and the ATC controller transmitted that the surface wind was from 270° at 27 kt. The commander commented to the co-pilot that the wind was across the runway and that there was no tailwind. As the aircraft taxied onto the runway, the co-pilot applied almost full right aileron input consistent with a cross-wind from the right, and the commander said to the co-pilot "charlie , one hundred, strong wind from the right". The commander advanced the power levers, the co-pilot said "autocoarsen high" and the engine torques increased symmetrically. The commander instructed the co-pilot to "set takeoff power" to which the co-pilot replied "apr armed". Approximately one second after this call, the engine torques began to increase symmetrically, reaching 100% as the aircraft accelerated through 70 kt.
During the early stages of the takeoff, left rudder was applied and the aircraft maintained an approximately constant heading. As the aircraft continued accelerating, the rudder was centralised, after which there was a small heading change to the left, then to the right, then a rapid heading change to the left causing the aircraft to deviate to the left of the runway centreline.
The pilot applied right rudder but although the aircraft changed heading to the right in response, it did not alter the aircraft’s track significantly and the aircraft skidded to the left, departing the runway surface onto the grass at an IAS of 80 kt. The power levers remained at full power as the aircraft crossed a disused runway and back onto grass. During this period the nose landing gear collapsed before the aircraft came to a halt approximately 38 m left of the edge of the runway and 250 m from where it first left the paved surface.
After the aircraft came to a halt, the captain saw that the propellers were still turning and so called into the cabin for the passengers to remain seated. One of the passengers shouted for someone to open the emergency exit but the cabin crew member instructed the passengers not to do so because the propellers were still turning. The co-pilot observed that the right propeller was still turning so operated the engine fire extinguishers to shut down both engines. When the passenger seated in the emergency exit row on the right of the aircraft saw that the right propeller had stopped, he decided to open the exit. He climbed out onto the wing and helped the remaining passengers leave the aircraft through the same exit, instructing them to slide off the rear of the wing onto the ground. The left propeller was still turning at the time the right over-wing exit was opened and the passenger seated in the left-side emergency exit row decided not to open the left exit.

The technique for controlling the direction of the aircraft on the runway is to use rudder assisted by nose wheel steering (NWS) at low speeds because the rudder has reduced effectiveness below 40 kt.
When rudder is used, the requirement for NWS to assist directional control will reduce progressively as speed increases above 40 kt and rudder effectiveness increases. It is likely that no assistance will be required by 60 kt and, therefore, there will be no step-change in NWS directional effect when the pilot releases the steering control. During this attempted takeoff, rudder was approximately neutral from 40 kt, the point at which it would have become effective, and directional control was probably maintained through NWS alone (asymmetric thrust or differential braking having been discounted). If rudder had been applied, there would have been a reduced NWS requirement at any given speed and therefore there would have been a reduced likelihood of a change directional effect when the NWS control was released. The lack of data showing NWS commands meant that these considerations could not be verified.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: The investigation report did not contain a probable cause paragraph as recommended in ICAO Annex 13.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 279 days (9 months)
Accident number: EW/C2015/01/01
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» BBC
» Loganair
» SKYbrary 

METAR Weather report:
07:50 UTC / 07:50 local time:
EGPO 020750Z 27019KT 9999 VCSH FEW015CB SCT042 05/02 Q1007

08:20 UTC / 08:20 local time:
EGPO 020820Z 27022G33KT 9999 VCSH FEW015CB SCT040 05/01 Q1008
Windes from 270 degrees at 22 knots, gusting to 33 knots; Visibility: 10+ km; showers in vicinity; few CB clouds at 1500 feet AGL; scattered clouds at 4000 feet AGL; Temperature: 5°C; Dewpoint: 1°C; Pressure: 1008 mb

08:50 UTC / 08:50 local time:
EGPO 020850Z 26018KT 9999 VCSH FEW015CB SCT018 05/01 Q1009


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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 Stornoway Airport to Glasgow International Airport as the crow flies is 283 km (177 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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