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Last updated: 8 December 2021
Status:Voorlopig - officieel
Datum:zondag 16 mei 2010
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH3T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Vazar Turbine Otter
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:ArGo Airways
Registratie: SX-ARO
Constructienummer: 397
Bouwjaar: 1960
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 1
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 8
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 9
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:Biscarrosse/Parentis Seaplane Base (   Frankrijk)
Fase: Landing (LDG)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:Arcachon/La Teste-de-Buch Airfield (XAC/LFCH), Frankrijk
Vliegveld van aankomst:Biscarrosse/Parentis SPB (LFBS), Frankrijk
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
» Biscarrosse 2010 : Un Single Otter s'écrase sur le lac


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Arcachon/La Teste-de-Buch Airfield en Biscarrosse/Parentis SPB bedraagt 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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