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Last updated: 9 December 2021
Status:Offizieller Zwischenbericht
Datum:Sonntag 16 Mai 2010
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DH3T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Vazar Turbine Otter
Fluggesellschaft:ArGo Airways
Kennzeichen: SX-ARO
Werknummer: 397
Baujahr: 1960
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 8
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 9
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:Biscarrosse/Parentis Seaplane Base (   Frankreich)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Betriebsart:Inländischer außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Arcachon/La Teste-de-Buch Airfield (XAC/LFCH), Frankreich
Flug nach:Biscarrosse/Parentis SPB (LFBS), Frankreich
The float-equipped aircraft nosed down a water landing. The airplane participated at the 13e Rassemblement International d'Hydravions de Biscarrosse, a French seaplane meeting.
The Turbine Otter had refueled at Arcachon, France and departed the paved runway. After takeoff the pilot forgot to retract the wheels and prior to landing on the water he forgot to verify that the wheels were retracted.
Normally an aural and visual warning system activates when the wheels are still out when the airspeed drops below 70 mph. In this case the approach speed for the landing was 85 mph because of the wind conditions, so the system did not activate.
Furthermore, the pilot's attention was focused on the unexplained presence of floating foam near the landing zone. This foam came from a demonstration dump conducted by a Canadair aircraft shortly before the accident.

» Biscarrosse : un hydravion bascule à l'amerissage
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Distance from Arcachon/La Teste-de-Buch Airfield to Biscarrosse/Parentis SPB as the crow flies is 25 km (16 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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