Accident description
Last updated: 18 April 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 27 March 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2B1
Operator:Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique - LAM
Registration: C9-BAB
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: Damaged beyond repair
Location:0,5 km (0.3 mls) from Quelimane Airport (UEL) (   Mozambique)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Quelimane Airport (UEL/FQQL), Mozambique
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.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Misjudged speed, distance and altitude. Contributing factors were the inadequate crew supervision and the non-use of VASIs (Visual Approach Slope Indicators).

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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.
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