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Accident description
Last updated: 5 October 2015
Date:Tuesday 6 October 1981
Type:Fokker F-28 Fellowship 4000
Operator:NLM Cityhopper
Registration: PH-CHI
C/n / msn: 11141
First flight: 1979
Total airframe hrs:4485
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Moerdijk (   Netherlands)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Rotterdam Airport (RTM/EHRD), Netherlands
Destination airport:Eindhoven Airport (EIN/EHEH), Netherlands
Flightnumber: 431
During the weather briefing (44 minutes before take-off) the crew was warned for an area with thunderstorms with 3/8 cumulonimbus at 1200 feet, wind 210░/15-25 knots and 5km visibility. At 17:04 the F-28 took off from Rotterdam for a flight to Hamburg via Eindhoven. At 17:09 the crew noted heavy rainfall in thunderstorms on the weather avoidance radar and received clearance to avoid this area. At 17:12 the aircraft entered a tornado, which resulted in loads increasing to +6.8 G and -3,2 G. The right wing separated and the aircraft crashed out of control out of 3000 feet.

Wing failure
Loss of control

» Willem Wendt


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Berging na vliegramp Moerdijk. Uitgegraven motor van de Fokker

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Distance from Rotterdam Airport to Eindhoven Airport as the crow flies is 85 km (53 miles).

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