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Last updated: 31 July 2021
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Date:Saturday 27 December 1986
Time:13:48
Type:Silhouette image of generic HERN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH-114 Riley Heron 2B
Operator:Sunflower Airlines
Registration: DQ-FEF
MSN: 14056
First flight: 1955
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 14
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:NE of Nadi International Airport (NAN) (   Fiji)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Savusavu Airport (SVU/NFNS), Fiji
Destination airport:Nadi International Airport (NAN/NFFN), Fiji
Narrative:
At 500 feet on approach to Nadi the right flap jammed at 35° while the left one continued to 60°. The aircraft rolled to 90° bank, struck the ground and cart wheeled short of runway 21.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Unsecured non-standard flap attachment pin migrated upward and lodged in a lightening hole.

Sources:
» Aviation Letter 243
» ICAO Adrep Summary 4/88 (#24)


Photos

photo of de-Havilland-DH-114-Riley-Heron-2B-DQ-FEF
accident date: 27-12-1986
type: de Havilland DH-114 Riley Heron 2B
registration: DQ-FEF
photo of de-Havilland-DH-114-Riley-Heron-2B-DQ-FEF
accident date: 27-12-1986
type: de Havilland DH-114 Riley Heron 2B
registration: DQ-FEF
 

Map
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 Savusavu Airport to Nadi International Airport as the crow flies is 227 km (142 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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