Narrative:A Boeing 737-200 passenger plane was destroyed when it flew into terrain while on approach to Resolute Bay Airport, NU (YRB), Canada. There were 11 passengers and four crew members on board. Eight passengers and all four crew members were killed.
|Status:||Preliminary - official|
|Date:||20 AUG 2011|
|C/n / msn:|| 21067/414|
|First flight:|| 1975-05-08 (36 years 4 months)|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 11|
|Total:||Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 15 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||1,8 km (1.1 mls) E of Resolute Airport, NU (YRB) (Canada)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Yellowknife Airport, NT (YZF/CYZF), Canada|
|Destination airport:||Resolute Airport, NU (YRB/CYRB), Canada|
The airplane had departed Yellowknife Airport, NT (YZF) on a domestic charter flight to Resolute Bay. During the approach to Runway 35T, the aircraft impacted a hill at 396 feet above sea level (asl) and about 1 nautical mile east of the midpoint of the Resolute Bay Airport runway which, itself, is at 215 feet asl.
The crew had initiated a go-around 2 seconds before impact. At this time, the flaps were set to position 40, the landing gear was down and locked, the speed was 157 knots and the final landing checklist was complete.
In the hours before the accident, the weather in Resolute Bay was variable with fluctuations in visibility and cloud ceiling. Forty minutes before the accident, the visibility was 10 miles in light drizzle with an overcast ceiling at 700 feet above ground level (agl). A weather observation taken shortly after the accident, reported visibility of 5 miles in light drizzle and mist with an overcast ceiling of 300 feet agl.
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Distance from Yellowknife Airport, NT to Resolute Airport, NU as the crow flies is 1546 km (966 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.