Beschrijving: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 1,3km further on. The tail section and right wing were found 150m from the main wreckage.
|Datum:||zaterdag 24 juli 1999|
|Type:||Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante|
|Motoren:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34|
|Bemanning:||slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 2|
|Passagiers:||slachtoffers: 15 / inzittenden: 15|
|Totaal:||slachtoffers: 17 / inzittenden: 17 |
|Gevolgen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Plaats:||nabij Delailasakau ( Fiji)
|Fase:|| Kruisvlucht (ENR)|
|Soort vlucht:||Binnenlandse lijnvlucht|
|Vliegveld van vertrek:||Suva-Nausori Airport (SUV/NFSU), Fiji|
|Vliegveld van aankomst:||Nadi International Airport (NAN/NFFN), Fiji|
Weather at 05:00 was good: nil wind, 40km 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 Fijiĺs published standard operating procedures were inadequate for the Bandeirante aircraft.
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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.
N130EM was withdrawn from use in 1991, sold to Australia as VH-TFK in 1994 and bought by Air Fiji two months later.
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet
de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Suva-Nausori Airport en Nadi International Airport bedraagt 122 km (76 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.