Accident Lockheed L-1011-385-1-14 TriStar 150 C-FTNA,
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Date:Friday 6 July 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic L101 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lockheed L-1011-385-1-14 TriStar 150
Owner/operator:Air Transat
Registration: C-FTNA
MSN: 1019
Year of manufacture:1972
Total airframe hrs:66223 hours
Cycles:24979 flights
Engine model:Rolls-Royce RB211-22B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 211
Aircraft damage: Substantial, written off
Location:78 km NE of Lyon -   France
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airfield (LYS/LFLL)
Destination airport:Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF/EDDB)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On 6 July 2001 at 18:46, a Lockheed TriStar operated by the Canadian airline Air Transat took off from runway 18R at Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS), France for flight TSC906 to Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF) with 14 crew members and 197 passengers.
At 18:50 the crew contacted Marseilles and requested a heading of 350 degrees to avoid the area of active clouds that the crew had noticed on their weather radar. The controller cleared the flight to climb to
FL160, at the requested course. The flight was cleared to climb further to FL190 and at 18:55 instructed to turn right to the MOREG reporting point. During the turn towards the reporting point, while the autopilot was connected, the crew saw that they were approaching an active cell. The captain, who was PNF, instructed the copilot to tighten the turn, which reached a 45° bank angle.
At 18:56 Marseille transferred the flight to Geneva Control. It was during this first turn to MOREG that the first burst of hail hit the plane for a duration of one to two seconds. Then a second hailstorm struck the plane, with a duration of 10 to 15 seconds.
At that moment the captain took control of the aircraft putting the airplane in a 60° bank angle. The plane lost 500 feet altitude.
The crew did not declare an emergency but advised ATC of his intention to turn back to Lyon. The captain asked the flight engineer to depressurize the cabin, which was conducted during descent. There was no rapid depressurization.
The windshield of the cockpit was badly damaged. The copilot had the best visibility and carried out the final approach and landing at Lyon-Saint Exupery. The plane landed safely at 19:16.

This accident occurred due to the flight of the aircraft in a very active cloud area whose color symbolism on the weather radar on board was not representative of the severity of the phenomena encountered.
Although the crew chose to avoid the most active sector of this storm, it nevertheless flew through an area whose color representation on the board radar showed no real activity.




photo (c) anon.; 78km NE of Lyon

photo (c) anon.; 78km NE of Lyon

photo (c) anon.; 78km NE of Lyon

photo (c) Ariel Shocron; 78km NE of Lyon; September 2001

photo (c) Ariel Shocron; 78km NE of Lyon; 06 October 2001

photo (c) Ariel Shocron; 78km NE of Lyon; 29 August 2001

photo (c) Campbell McGhee; Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS/LFLL); 15 March 2014

photo (c) Campbell McGhee; Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS/LFLL); 15 March 2014

photo (c) Campbell McGhee; Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS/LFLL); 15 March 2014

photo (c) Jurgen Aertssen; London-Heathrow Airport (LHR)

photo (c) Joachim Bongers, via Werner Fischdick; Shannon Airport (SNN); July 1999

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