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Accident description
Last updated: 8 December 2016
Date:Saturday 20 April 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-27 Friendship 100
Operator:Aeronica - Aerolineas Nicaraguenses
Registration: YN-BZF
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
Location:280 km (175 mls) W of Kulusuk (   Greenland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Kulusuk Airport (KUS/BGKK), Greenland
Destination airport:?
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.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Unfavourable weather and failure of the crew to ensure proper function of the auxiliary ferry fuel system.

» Willem Wendt


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