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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 24 July 1999
Time:05:35
Type:Silhouette image of generic E110 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante
Operator:Air Fiji
Registration: DQ-AFN
C/n / msn: 110416
First flight: 1983
Total airframe hrs:13563
Cycles:22411
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Delailasakau (   Fiji)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Suva-Nausori Airport (SUV/NFSU), Fiji
Destination airport:Nadi International Airport (NAN/NFFN), Fiji
Flightnumber: 121
Narrative:
Air Fiji flight 121 departed Nausori for Nadi at 05:25. At 05:33 the crew contacted Nausori ATC that they were maintaining 6000 feet on the direct track to Nadi. When the crew didn't contact Nadi ATC at 05:35 several attempts were made to get in touch with the aircraft. The aircraft was later found to have crashed on the slope of a ridge. The aircraft had apparently descended below the 5400 feet safety altitude until the right wing struck a tree on a ridgeline at 1300 feet altitude. The Bandeirante then broke up and impacted the slope of a ridge 1,3 km further on. The tail section and right wing were found 150 m from the main wreckage.
Weather at 05:00 was good: nil wind, 40 km visibility, scattered clouds at 2200 feet and an insignificant small shower band.
Investigation revealed a.o. that the captain had insufficient rest prior to the flight and that he had consumed an above-therapeutic level of antihistamine prior to the flight, which would have degraded his ability to safely pilot the aircraft. Also Air Fijiís published standard operating procedures were inadequate for the Bandeirante aircraft.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Fiji Village News
» Scramble 246


Follow-up / safety actions
13 recommedations were issued. These included a recommendation to the CAA Fiji to conduct frequent comprehensive surveillance audits of all
commercial aircraft operators; the development of appropriate recurrent crew resource
management training programs.

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photo of Embraer 110P1 Bandeirante N130EM
N130EM was withdrawn from use in 1991, sold to Australia as VH-TFK in 1994 and bought by Air Fiji two months later.
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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 Suva-Nausori Airport to Nadi International Airport as the crow flies is 122 km (76 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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