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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
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Date:Monday 20 March 1995
Time:17:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Transmile Air Service
Registration: 9M-PMN
C/n / msn: 208B-0295
First flight: 1992
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tawau Airport (TWU) (   Malaysia)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Tawau Airport (TWU/WBKW), Malaysia
Destination airport:Kota Kinabalu Airport (BKI/WBKK), Malaysia
Narrative:
A Transmile Cessna Grand Caravan plane carrying about 400 kg of fish and other cargo crashed on takeoff from runway 17 at the Tawau Airport (TWU).
The Cessna lifted off the runway after a takeoff run of 2800 feet (860 m). The airplane climbed to a height of 10 feet (3 m) before settling back. It continued in a nose-up attitude and overran the runway by 200 feet (60 m), ran down a 30 feet (9 m) slope and ended up next to some houses.
Some six months later (September 15) a Malaysian Airlines Fokker 50 also came down in the shantytown after aborting a runway 17 approach at Tawau.
The airport was later closed and the new Tawau airport, situated 31 km away from the city was officially opened in December 2001.

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» Scramble 195
» New Straits Times - Mar 21, 1995


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Distance from Tawau Airport to Kota Kinabalu Airport as the crow flies is 290 km (182 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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