Narrative:An NLM Cityhopper Fokker F-28 Fellowship was destroyed when it crashed in an industrial area near Moerdijk, Netherlands. All 17 on board were killed.
|Date:||Tuesday 6 October 1981|
Fokker F-28 Fellowship 4000
|C/n / msn:|| 11141|
|First flight:|| 1979-01-12 (2 years 9 months)|
|Total airframe hrs:||4485|
|Engines:|| 2 Rolls-Royce Spey 555-15P|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13|
|Total:||Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||2 km (1.3 mls) SSW of Moerdijk ( Netherlands)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Rotterdam Airport (RTM/EHRD), Netherlands|
|Destination airport:||Eindhoven Airport (EIN/EHEH), Netherlands|
The aircraft, named "Eindhoven", operated flight HN431 from Rotterdam Airport, Netherlands to Eindhoven, Netherlands and Hamburg, Germany. During the weather briefing at Rotterdam Airport, 44 minutes before takeoff, the crew was told about the presence of an area with thunderstorms to the south and east of Rotterdam.
At 17:04 hours local time the F-28 took off from Rotterdam Airport. About five minutes after takeoff the crew noted heavy rainfall in thunderstorms on the weather avoidance radar and received clearance to avoid this area. Course was changed to the south in order to pass between two major thunderstorm cores.
At 17:12 the aircraft entered a tornado, which resulted in loads on the airframe increasing to +6.8 G and -3,2 G. The right wing was bent upwards followed by a severe downward sweep. This compromised the structural integrity of the wing, causing a large portion of the outer wing to separate in an upward and rearward motion. Control was lost and the aircraft impacted a railway bridge inverted.
Probable Cause:The investigation report did not contain a probable cause statement per ICAO Annex 13.
Loss of control
Official accident investigation report
|investigating agency: ||Raad voor de Luchtvaart - Netherlands |
|report status: ||Final|
|report number: ||1983-1|
|report released:||5 January 1983|
|duration of investigation: ||1 year and 3 months|
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Rotterdam Airport to Eindhoven Airport as the crow flies is 85 km (53 miles).