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Last updated: 22 October 2017
Datum:vrijdag 4 maart 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild FH-227B
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Transport Aérien Transrégional - TAT
Registratie: F-GCPS
Constructienummer: 546
Bouwjaar: 1967
Aantal vlieguren:33142
Aantal vluchten:55843
Motoren: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 532-7
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 20 / inzittenden: 20
Totaal:slachtoffers: 23 / inzittenden: 23
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:1,6 km (1 mijl) E of Machault (   Frankrijk)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Nancy-Essey Airport (ENC/LFSN), Frankrijk
Vliegveld van aankomst:Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO), Frankrijk
Vluchtnummer: 230
Flight 230 departed Nancy at 06:53 for Paris-Orly and climbed to a cruising altitude of FL140. At 07:26 the aircraft was cleared to descend to FL90 and later FL70. Approaching the MEL VOR, clearance was given to descend further to FL60. Nothing more was heard from the flight thereafter. It appeared that an electrical system malfunction had occurred. Control was lost, the aircraft descended fast, struck power lines and crashed.
The official accident investigation report stated there were 23 fatalities. A memorial plaque at the crash site, however, lists 24 names.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE (translated from original French language report): Immediately after an electrical systems failure occurred in instrument weather conditions, the aircraft pitched nose down.
The Committee was unable to acquire any certainty as to the cause of this catastrophic descent.
After eliminating various assumptions invalidated by the established facts and findings and after reviewing the results of flight tests conducted at its request, the commission assigned higher probability to the hypothesis that the electrical fault caused a loss of attitude reference and autopilot disconnect which would have occurred while the aircraft was configured 'out of trim' in a nose down attitude.
In the absence of independent standby horizon, the crew had no usable attitude reference immediately available while the aircraft was in a high-speed dive.

» ICAO Circular 260-AN/154 (1-11)
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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 Nancy-Essey Airport en Paris-Orly Airport bedraagt 282 km (176 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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Fairchild FH-227

  • 78 built
  • 13e ongeval
  • 10e dodelijk ongeval
  • 8e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 9e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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  • 24e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 27e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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