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Last updated: 14 November 2018
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Date:Thursday 31 December 1970
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-27 Friendship 200
Operator:Pakistan International Airlines - PIA
Registration: AP-AUV
C/n / msn: 10330
First flight: 1967
Total airframe hrs:7813
Cycles:11387
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 31
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 35
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Shamshernagar Airport (ZHM) (   Bangladesh)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Shamshernagar Airport (ZHM/VGSH), Bangladesh
Narrative:
After an uneventful scheduled flight, the captain concluded that the aircraft was too high on approach to Shamshernagar Airport (ZHM). Instead of going around he selected GFP on both propellers at a height of a few hundred feet and a speed of about 125 knots. Consequently the aircraft developed a high rate of descent and at about 20 feet height the pilot lost control, after which the aircraft crash-landed short of the runway. The right hand wing tip broke off at about 10 feet from the tip, allowing a large amount of fuel to be spilled. The fuselage turned over to the right ending up more or less upside down. A fire developed, with heavy smoke, in which 7 of the 31 passengers died. The others and the 4 crew escaped with only minor injuries. It took about 4 hours for the fire brigade to reach the site.

Sources:
» Willem Wendt
» A Benefit Analysis for Cabin Water Spray Systems and Enhanced Fuselage Burnthrough Protection (CAA PAPER 2002/04)


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