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Last updated: 17 January 2022
Estado:Final
Fecha:viernes 22 octubre 2004
Hora:10:33
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic F406 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Reims Cessna F406 Caravan II
Operador:Highland Airways
Registración: G-TWIG
Numéro de série: F406-0014
Año de Construcción: 1987
Motores: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-112
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 1 / Ocupantes: 1
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 1 / Ocupantes: 1
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:60 km (37.5 milles) NW of Inverness (   Reino Unido)
Elevación del lugar del accidente: 756 m (2480 feet) amsl
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Ferry/Posicionado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Stornoway Airport (SYY/EGPO), Reino Unido
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Inverness Airport (INV/EGPE), Reino Unido
Descripción:
A Reims Cessna F406 Caravan II, G-TWIG, operated by Highland Airways, was destroyed when it collided with mountainous terrain northwest of Inverness, U.K.
The pilot was killed.
The airplane departed Stornoway Airport (SYY) at 10:15 on a positioning flight to Inverness Airport (INV). At 10:29 the pilot was cleared to descend from FL95 to FL75. Three minutes later radar contact was lost.
The aircraft wreckage was found by a mountain rescue team the following day at 13:30. It was located at an elevation of 2,480 ft amsl on Meall Feith na Slataich, a broad mountain ridge in a remote area of the Scottish Highlands.

Probable Cause:

CONCLUSION: "During a gentle descent from FL95 to FL75 in instrument meteorological conditions G-TWIG rapidly entered a dramatic and sustained manoeuvre from what initially appeared to be controlled flight at normal descent speed. Despite a determined and thorough investigation, because there was insufficient evidence from which to draw a firm conclusion, the cause or causal factors for this rapid deviation from controlled flight could not be identified."

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Distance from Stornoway Airport to Inverness Airport as the crow flies is 153 km (96 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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