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Last updated: 17 February 2019
Date:Friday 17 June 1988
Time:10:36 HST
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 100
Operator:Samoa Aviation
Registration: N202RH
C/n / msn: 68
First flight: 1967
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tau Airport (TAV) (   American Samoa)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Pago Pago International Airport (PPG/NSTU), American Samoa
Destination airport:Tau Airport (TAV), American Samoa
Descended fast on final approach. Application of full power couldn't prevent the aircraft from impacting the ground short of the runway.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Accident number: LAX88LA226
Download report: Summary report



photo of de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 100 N950JM
N950JM was sold to Canada in 1975 and returned to the U.S. in 1983. After flying for Royal Hawaiian for over four years, the Twin Otter was leased to Samoa Aviation.
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Pago Pago International Airport to Tau Airport as the crow flies is 129 km (81 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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