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Last updated: 15 November 2018
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 2 November 2002
Time:17:02
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-27 Friendship 500RF
Operator:Euroceltic Airways
Registration: G-ECAT
C/n / msn: 10672
First flight: 1984
Total airframe hrs:27452
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 532-7
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 36
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 40
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Sligo-Collooney Airport (SXL) (   Ireland)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Dublin Airport (DUB/EIDW), Ireland
Destination airport:Sligo-Collooney Airport (SXL/EISG), Ireland
Flightnumber: 406
Narrative:
The aircraft departed Dublin at 16:05 for the 4th leg of a rotation between Sligo and Dublin. The en-route segment of this flight was uneventful. At 16:50 , the aircraft was handed over from Shannon Control to Sligo Tower, descending to 3,500 ft to the SLG beacon for an NDB/DME approach to runway 11 (a 1199 x 30 m asphalt runway). At 16:53, the aircraft called overhead the SLG beacon and was cleared for the approach. Seven minutes later the flight reported at the Final Approach Fix and was cleared to land by the Tower, giving a wind of 120 degrees 15 kt, gusting 29 kts. Just prior to landing, the crew were given a wind check of 120 degrees 15 kt, gusting 31 kt. At 17:02 the aircraft made an initial touchdown at approximately the mid-point of the runway. The aircraft continued down the runway until it departed the paved surface at the right hand side of the threshold of runway 29. The aircraft continued on through a prepared run-off area at the end of the runway, for a further 50 metres, before coming to rest with the main wheels embedded in boulders that formed part of an embankment leading down to the sea. The main wheels were approximately one metre short of where the boulders fall away into the sea. The nose wheel, cockpit and forward section of the fuselage cleared the top of the boulder embankment and the aircraft tilted approximately 15-20 degrees nose down onto the outgoing tide.

Probable Cause:

PRIMARY CAUSE: "The probable cause of this accident was a fast, low approach, leading to the aircraft landing late, beyond the normal touch down point, thereby making it impossible to stop the aircraft on the remaining runway available."
CONTRIBUTORY CAUSE:
1. The lack of an adequate overrun area before an aircraft, failing to stop on the runway, enters the sea.
2. The lack of experience of the Operator in scheduled air operations.
3. The changing operational management structure and uncertain nature of the direction of the company with regard to aircraft type and network development.

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» AAIU Formal Report No: 2005-015


Photos

photo of Fokker F-27 Friendship 500RF G-JEAI
G-JEAI was sold to Euroceltic as G-ECAT in April 2000
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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 Dublin Airport to Sligo-Collooney Airport as the crow flies is 179 km (112 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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