Narrative:While on final approach at night, the pilot reduced engine power to flight idle. At 230 feet (70m) the pilot added some power, but the speed decayed to an airspeed below VREF. The stick shaker activated, though full power was applied. The 737 touched down 400m short of the runway, causing the undercarriage to fail.
|Date:||27 MAR 1983|
|Operator:||Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique - LAM|
|C/n / msn:|| 20281/228|
|First flight:|| 1969-12-16 (13 years 3 months)|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 104|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 110 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||0,5 km (0.3 mls) from Quelimane Airport (UEL) (Mozambique)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Destination airport:||Quelimane Airport (UEL/FQQL), Mozambique|
PROBABLE CAUSE: Misjudged speed, distance and altitude. Contributing factors were the inadequate crew supervision and the non-use of VASIs (Visual Approach Slope Indicators).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.