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Last updated: 1 December 2021
Datum:Freitag 14 Juni 2002
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2B-26 Islander
Fluggesellschaft:Copenhagen Air Taxi
Kennzeichen: OY-CFV
Werknummer: 2174
Baujahr: 1984-08-26 (17 years 10 months)
Triebwerk: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 7
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 8
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Anholt (   Dänemark)
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Anholt Airfield (EKAT), Dänemark
Flug nach:Roskilde Airport (RKE/EKRK), Dänemark
The BN-2B Islander operated on a return flight from Roskilde Airport (RKE) to Læsø Airport (BYR) via Anholt. The return part of the flight was uneventful up to the landing at Anholt. After landing the elevator trim was not set to neutral and remained at a 1.5 unit nose down setting which had been used for landing. The pilot did not visit the airport office to obtain wind information. Instead he assessed the wind was across the runway and taxied for a runway 03 departure.
In fact the current wind was a tailwind component, which was close to the maximum. On takeoff the pilot tried to raise the nose but during this rotation the aircraft nose dived uncontrolled back on runway again. He attempted a second time with the same result.
At this point the pilot considered that it was not possible to stop the aircraft within runway limitations. A third rotation was initiated, whereby the aircraft was in the air immediately after the runway end, while the aircraft stall warning horn activated. The captain lowered the nose of the aircraft to build up airspeed and to avoid a stall. During this maneuver the right main undercarriage struck a sand dune with shrubs, and the airplane impacted terrain.

Probable Cause:

1. Luftfartøjets højderorstrim var ikke korrekt konfigureret til neutral.
2. Fartøjschefen afbrød ikke starten efter den første rotation, hvor luftfartøjet ikke reagerede normalt på højderors kommandoen.
3. Starten blev foretaget med en medvindskomponent, som var tæt på den maksimale tilladte.

FACTORS (unofficial translation from Danish)
1. Aircraft trim was not correctly configured to neutral.
2. The commander did not abort the takeoff after the first attempted rotation, when the aircraft did not respond normally to elevator command.
3. The start was made with a tailwind component, which was close to the maximum.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: HCL Denmark
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: HCL 28/02
Download report: Final report

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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 Anholt Airfield to Roskilde Airport as the crow flies is 128 km (80 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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