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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 18 November 1978
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-OGHD
C/n / msn: 469
First flight: 1975
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 20
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) off Marie Galante-Les Bases Airport (GBJ) (   Guadeloupe)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Pointe--Pitre-Le Raizet Airport (PTP/TFFR), Guadeloupe
Destination airport:Marie Galante-Les Bases Airport (GBJ/TFFM), Guadeloupe
Narrative:
The Twin Otter struck the water with its left wingtip while flying in a violent squall with a 200-300 feet ceiling. The aircraft crashed and sank in 13 m of water.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

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Distance from Pointe--Pitre-Le Raizet Airport to Marie Galante-Les Bases Airport as the crow flies is 52 km (32 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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