Narrative:Because of problems in transferring fuel from the specially installed ferry tanks to the engines, the crew decided to return to Kulusuk, but didn't sight the airfield in deteriorating weather conditions. The aircraft then hit snow when trying to make an emergency landing near a radar site.
|Date:||Saturday 20 April 1985|
|Type:||Fokker F-27 Friendship 100|
|Operator:||Aeronica - Aerolineas Nicaraguenses|
|C/n / msn:|| 10118|
|First flight:|| 1959|
|Total airframe hrs:||45111|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||280 km (175 mls) W of Kulusuk (Greenland)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Departure airport:||Kulusuk Airport (KUS/BGKK), Greenland|
PROBABLE CAUSE: Unfavourable weather and failure of the crew to ensure proper function of the auxiliary ferry fuel system.
» Willem Wendt
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.