Narrative:After 14 passengers had boarded the float-equipped Twin Otter, the flight was cleared for west bound take-off by Male Tower. Wind was 230/09 knots. The total length of the east west runway available for take-off and maneuvering up to the Hulhule sea wall is approximately 1000 meters. The aircraft seemed to accelerate slowly. Approaching the sea wall captain, realising the height of the aircraft, pulled on the controls to clear the obstacle. The aircraft left float struck the sea wall and separated. The left wing then rotated upwards at the pivot point at the trailing edge of wing. The airplane then impacted runway 18. The right hand float was pushed upwards, causing it to strike the nr. 2 propeller.
|Date:||Monday 17 May 2004|
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
|Operator:||Trans Maldivian Airways|
|C/n / msn:|| 434|
|First flight:|| 1974|
|Total airframe hrs:||44333|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 14|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 17 |
|Airplane damage:|| Substantial|
|Airplane fate:|| Repaired|
|Location:||Male International Airport (MLE) (Maldives)
|Phase:|| Takeoff (TOF)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Male International Airport (MLE/VRMM), Maldives|
|Destination airport:||Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives|
The crew failed to select the flaps to the standard 20 degrees as required.
The crew failed to abort the take-off.
The Pilot-in- Command did not take any action to abort the take-off as the aircraft approached the sea wall.
» Civil Aviation Department, Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, Republic of Maldives
» Haveeru Daily
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