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Last updated: 12 December 2017
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Tuesday 7 February 2017
Time:ca 17:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic SF34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Saab 340A
Operator:Western Air
Registration: C6-HBW
C/n / msn: 340A-067
First flight: 1986-08-22 (30 years 6 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 33
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 36
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Freeport-Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) (   Bahamas)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Freeport-Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO/MYGF), Bahamas
Destination airport:Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS/MYNN), Bahamas
Flightnumber: 708
Western Air flight 708, a Saab 340, suffered a runway excursion after landing rollout at Freeport-Grand Bahama International Airport, Bahamas.
About three minutes into the flight there was a failure of the left main and essential bus that prompted a return to Freeport. Upon landing on runway 06, there was a collapse of the left main gear and subsequently a runway excursion occurred. There were 36 souls on board, three crew and 33 passengers. Minor injuries were reported to passengers.


Runway excursion

» Air Accident Investigation Department of The Bahamas


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Distance from Freeport-Grand Bahama International Airport to Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport as the crow flies is 208 km (130 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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