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Accident description
Last updated: 25 September 2017
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 4 May 2011
Time:10:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Northeast Shuttles
Registration: VT-NES
C/n / msn: 208B-2025
First flight: 2008
Total airframe hrs:1079
Cycles:1823
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Lengpui Airport (AJL) (   India)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Imphal Municipal Airport (IMF/VEIM), India
Destination airport:Lengpui Airport (AJL/VELP), India
Narrative:
A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan passenger plane, registered VT-NES, sustained substantial damage in a landing accident at Lengpui Airport (AJL), India.
The aircraft was operating a non scheduled flight from Imphal to Lengpui with ten persons on board including the pilot. The aircraft took off normally from Imphal at 10:00 hrs and subsequently came in contact with ATC Lengpui at 10:23hrs. ATC Lengpui conveyed the latest available weather with visibility as 4500 m. The pilot requested special VFR which was approved by the tower controller.
Visibility further dropped to 2000 m and the pilot preferred to enter a holding pattern, in coordination with ATC at 10 miles maintaining visual separation with terrain at an altitude of 6500 feet. The pilot thereafter without any communication with ATC reported downwind for runway 17 and subsequently reported for final. When the aircraft reported final, the controller after sighting the aircraft gave the landing clearance with wind as calm and runway surface wet.
The aircraft touched down well past the threshold at a high speed with a remaining distance in which it was impossible to stop the aircraft. It climbed a 10 feet high platform constructed to install the Localizer antenna at the end of runway 17. As the speed of the aircraft was high, it continued past the localizer platform and fell in a ravine approximately 60 feet deep.
All 9 passengers and the pilot escaped unhurt. There was no fire.

Probable Cause:

Cause of the Accident: "The cause of the accident was inadequate skill level of the pilot to execute a safe landing during marginal weather condition."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: DGAC India
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Accident number: Final report
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Runway excursion

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Distance from Imphal Municipal Airport to Lengpui Airport as the crow flies is 157 km (98 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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