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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II
Owner/operator:Coastal Travels Ltd
Registration: 5H-JET
MSN: 34-7870345
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mafia Airport, Mafia Island -   Tanzania
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Dar Es Salaam (DAR/HTDA)
Destination airport:Mafia Airport (MFS/HTMA)
Ex-G-OBED (which see); became 5H-JET from 13-06-1995. Written off (damaged beyond repair) 24-05-2000 when crashed at Mafia Airport, Mafia Island, Tanzania. According to the following official Tanzanian Air Accident report:

"5H-JET took off from Dar-es-Salaam International airport for a charter flight to Mafia Island. It was carrying one pilot and two passengers. The flight was being conducted' under visual flight rules, crossing at FL 075, The forward leg of the flight was uneventful

The pilot said that, as he descended through FL 15, he experienced strong gusting winds from the south south west. The wind sock was visible and he estimated the wind speed to be above 15 knots. He made the final approach to Mafia Airport above 95 knots and 20 degrees flaps, and cut the power at about 200 metres from the beginning of Runway 15

The pilot further testified that just before touch down he experienced a severe wind shear which brought' the aircraft down on' the runway harder than he expected. "He was of the opinion that it was a hard landing. However, there were no injuries to the occupants. '

After taxying to the apron and disembarking the passengers, the pilot made a visual inspection of the aircraft, including the whole of the landing gear system. When nothing abnormal was noticed, he flew back to Dar es Salaam.

During the return flight slight vibrations were felt on the flight deck and 'further "observations" were made during the next flight. When 5H-JET went for a scheduled check on 29,May 2000 some heavy landing damage was discovered.

Visual inspection showed wrinkles on the skins of both wings. The right propeIler was slightly higher than the left propeller. The position of wrinkles indicated structural damage so that the aircraft could well be a probable write-off"

Registration 5H-JET finally cancelled by the Tanzanian Authorities on 13-09-2000 as "scrapped"; which implies that it was indeed "damaged beyond economic repair", and not repaired after the above accident



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Revision history:

02-Feb-2016 17:28 Dr.John Smith Added

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