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Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Date:Thursday 21 December 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Operator:Air Guadeloupe
Registration: F-OGFE
C/n / msn: 258
First flight: 1969
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Sint Maarten (   Sint Maarten)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Pointe--Pitre-Le Raizet Airport (PTP/TFFR), Guadeloupe
Destination airport:Sint Maarten-Juliana Airport (SXM/TNCM), Sint Maarten
Narrative:
The Twin Otter operated a flight on behalf of Air France from Guadeloupe to St. Maarten in the Caribbean. It crashed at night, near the island of St. Maarten.

Sources:
» UPI, 26-12-1972
» WCAA


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Distance from Pointe--Pitre-Le Raizet Airport to Sint Maarten-Juliana Airport as the crow flies is 257 km (161 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networks 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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