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Last updated: 14 December 2017
Datum:maandag 21 december 1987
Type:Silhouette image of generic E120 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer EMB-120RT Brasilia
Vloog voor:Air France
Gehuurd van:Air Littoral
Registratie: F-GEGH
Constructienummer: 120033
Bouwjaar: 1986
Aantal vlieguren:2505
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW118
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 13 / inzittenden: 13
Totaal:slachtoffers: 16 / inzittenden: 16
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:5,1 km (3.2 mijl) NE of Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD) (   Frankrijk)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU/EBBR), België
Vliegveld van aankomst:Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD/LFBD), Frankrijk
An Embraer 120RT Brasilia turboprop plane, operated by Air Littoral, was destroyed when it crashed into trees while on approach to Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD), France. All sixteen occupants were killed.
The airplane operated flight AF1919 from Bordeaux (BOD) to Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU), Belgium, and Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS), the Netherlands and return. However, poor weather at Amsterdam forced the crew to cancel the flight leg to Schiphol Airport.
AF1919 departed Brussels at 13:30, reaching the Bordeaux area without incident. The crew contacted Bordeaux Approach at 15:01 and were vectored for an ILS approach to runway 23. Visibility was poor with low clouds at 100 feet and a runway visual range (RVR) of between 650 and 350 metres.
Flight 1919 crossed the KERAG beacon, the initial approach fix (IAF) at an altitude of FL144, at 15:04:40. Cloud base was still around 100 feet so the crew requested to enter a holding pattern to the south of the airport. The weather conditions slightly improved during the next few minutes and Bordeaux Approach reported a cloud base at 160 feet. Flight 1919 had not reached the holding pattern yet and the pilot decided to attempt to rejoin the ILS. At 15:06:38 the flight was cleared direct to the BD beacon and to descend down to 2000 feet. At the BD beacon, the flight was cleared for final approach and instructed to contact Bordeaux Tower. The airplane had overshot the centreline and was slighty right on the glidepath. Bordeaux Tower then instructed the flight to report over the Outer Marker, which was acknowledged by the captain. After crossing the Outer Marker, the airplane was still not properly established on the ILS. The airplane descended below the glideslope with the crew hurriedly deploying flaps and landing gear. The captain did not contact Bordeaux Tower as requested. Instead he took over control of the airplane, attempting to continue the approach. Both crew members had very little time to adapt to their new roles as the airplane was descending below the glide slope. The descent continued until it struck trees and crashed at 15:10:18.

Probable Cause:

"L'accident resulte directement d'une mauvaise gestion de la trajectoire de l'avion.
La commission en a retenu pour causes:
- le manque de vigilance vis-a-vis de l'altitude, de l'un puis de l'autre pilote, lorsqu'ils etaient en situation de pilote aux commandes (PF, selon le manuel d'exploitation d'Air Littoral) tant au moment où l'avion a franchi en descente, hors du faisceau ILS, l'altitude de 2000 pieds qu'à celui où il est descendu en dessous de la hauteur de 220 pieds, hauteur de decision.
- une mauvaise coordination des tâches entre les deux pilotes qui constituaient l'equipage de conduite, aucun des deux n'ayant assure lorsqu'il etait en situation de pilote non aux commandes (PNF, selon le meme manuel) des tâches importantes relevant de cette fonction, telles que surveillance et signalisation d'ecarts ILS ou d'altitude."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: Report f-gh871221
Download report: Final report

» ICAO Adrep Summary 2/88 (#29)


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Brussel-Zaventem Airport en Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport bedraagt 773 km (483 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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