ASN Aircraft accident Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante OH-EBA Seinäjoki-Ilmajoki Airport (SJY)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 14 November 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic E110 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante
Operating for:Wasa Wings
Leased from:Kar-Air Finland
Registration: OH-EBA
MSN: 110226
First flight: 1979
Total airframe hrs:8542
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 12
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1 km (0.6 mls) S of Seinäjoki-Ilmajoki Airport (SJY) (   Finland)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL/EFHK), Finland
Destination airport:Seinäjoki-Ilmajoki Airport (SJY/EFSI), Finland
Flightnumber: 701
An Embraer 110P1 Bandeirante turboprop plane, registration OH-EBA, was destroyed when it contacted trees and crashed about 1 km from Seinäjoki-Ilmajoki Airport (SJY), Finland. Wasa Wings flight WW701 had departed Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL) at 06:20 on a domestic flight to Seinäjoki were it was scheduled to arrive at 07:15. Weather at the airport was poor with a reported runway visual range (RVR) of 1200 m (3940 feet) and a vertical visibility of 300 feet (90 m).
The crew was conducting an NDB approach to runway 32 but drifted to the left of the extended centreline of the runway. The airplane continued the descent until it struck trees to the South of the runway.

Probable Cause:

The immediate cause of the accident was the decision to continue the NDB approach in difficult visibility circumstances.
The airplane descended below minimum altitude without the required visual contact with approach lights or the runway. Contributory factors were the airline's poor safety culture due to pressures of performance, highlighted by the pilot because of his personality structure.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: AIB Finland
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: 2/1988
Download report: Final report


Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

» ICAO Adrep Summary 4/94 (#277)


photo of Embraer-110P1-Bandeirante-OH-EBA
accident date: 14-11-1988
type: Embraer 110P1 Bandeirante
registration: OH-EBA

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 Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to Seinäjoki-Ilmajoki Airport as the crow flies is 285 km (178 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the 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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