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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 3 January 1997
Time:00:42 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic SH33 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Shorts 330-100
Operator:Titan Airways
Registration: G-ZAPC
C/n / msn: SH.3023
First flight: 1978
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-45R
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Liverpool International Airport (LPL) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Exeter Airport (EXT/EGTE), United Kingdom
Destination airport:East Midlands Airport (EMA/EGNX), United Kingdom
Narrative:
The aircraft took off from Exeter at 22:37 for a flight to East Midlands.
When reaching East Midlands, the RVR was below minima, so the crew elected to hold at 2500 feet over the Lichfield NDB. After 45 minutes the fuel state dictated a diversion to Liverpool.
A LOC DME approach to Liverpool runway 09 was made. Winds were 060deg/8 knots with a visibility of 12 km and a temperature of +1degC.
The aircraft passed the threshold at 88-90 knots and when the aircraft was at 20-30 feet over the runway, it started to sink rapidly.
The Shorts touched down hard on the right main gear, causing it to collapse.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Unknown.

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 118 days (4 months)
Accident number: AAIB Bulletin 5/97
Download report: Final report

Sources:
» CAA Occurrence List F/97/02
» Scramble 216


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Distance from Exeter Airport to East Midlands Airport as the crow flies is 272 km (170 miles).

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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