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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
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Date:Wednesday 30 November 1988
Time:ca 07:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Operator:Aero Club Libya
Registration: 5A-DDD
C/n / msn: 670
First flight: 1980
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Hamada al Hamra (   Libya)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Hamada al Hamra Airfield, Libya
Destination airport:Tripoli International Airport (TIP/HLLT), Libya
Narrative:
The Twin Otter left the oil fields at Hamada around 07:05 on a regular daily oilfield crew-change flight to Tripoli (TIP). Twelve employees of Arabian Gulf Oil Co/AGOCO and Halliburton Company were on board. Due to military activities in the area of the flight route, the crew were instructed to return to Hamada. In the meantime a thick morning mist had suddenly precipitated at Hamada. The crew circled the area for a while. While attempting to land, the plane contacted an asphalted pipeline bridge which was crossing just west of the main [concrete] runway, hit a wooden electrical pylon, came to rest and burnt.
He pilot had probably mistaken the bridge for the runway. Also, a DF beacon was located about half a mile offset westwards from the runway.

Classification:
Low visibility
VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» Patrick Conroy-Hargrave by e-mail 3-9-2006


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Distance from Hamada al Hamra Airfield to Tripoli International Airport as the crow flies is 347 km (217 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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