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Last updated: 24 June 2018
Datum:maandag 9 juli 2012
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Trans Maldivian Airways
Registratie: 8Q-TMT
Constructienummer: 454
Bouwjaar: 1975-03-27 (37 years 4 months)
Aantal vlieguren:29948
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 14
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 17
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:Conrad Maldivian Resort, Rangali, Alifu Dhaalu Atoll (   Maldiven)
Fase: Taxi (TXI)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Malé International Airport (MLE/VRMM), Maldiven
Vliegveld van aankomst:Conrad Maldivian Resort, Rangali, Alifu Dhaalu Atoll, Maldiven
The aircraft, a Trans Maldivian Airways de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300, 8Q-TMT, experienced a left hand float collapse after striking the dock at Conrad Maldivian Resort, Rangali Island, while on taxi and became partially submerged.
The aircraft sustained substantial damage and the 3 crew and 14 passengers escaped uninjured.

During the 35-minute flight from Male to the Conrad Maldivian Resort, the weather was deteriorating with strong winds (approx 40-45 knots) from a westerly direction. The copilot, being pilot flying, landed the aircraft landed safely and the captain took over controls as a normal procedure and taxied through the channel for docking at the fixed platform attached to the main jetty.
Since it was a fixed platform the crew had difficulty docking the aircraft in strong tailwind and swells. At the first attempt to dock the aircraft ended up forward of the platform which made the crew to abort docking. On the second attempt to dock, the captain applied full reverse and right rudder while the co-pilot applied opposite aileron to overcome the strong winds as the aircraft approached the fixed platform.
However, the aircraft moved forward and hit the platform hard and the cabin crew, who was at his station on the left hand float, was flung into the water. On impact with the platform the left hand float attachments were sheared and the left hand propeller blades struck the platform surface while the right hand float lifted up and
struck the right hand propeller. The captain reported cutting off the fuel at the first impact. The aircraft started turning, pivoting at its nose near the platform then started drifting away due to the strong winds and swells.
Immediately after the impact water started seeping inside the aircraft. The captain attempted to secure the aircraft and the copilot was attempting to facilitate evacuation of the passengers. The cabin crew member swam to the aircraft and joined the crew in the evacuation process. All the passengers and crew were able to
evacuate the aircraft before the fuselage was fully submerged.

Probable Cause:

AICC determines that the probable cause(s) of the accident as follows:
Pilot in Command's miss judgement of wind condition and its effect during docking procedure resulting in the aircraft colliding with the docking platform at a very high speed. Major contributing factor was high tail winds and adverse weather condition prevailing at the time of accident.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AICC Maldives
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 38 days (1 months)
Accident number: jan-12
Download report: Final report

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photo of de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 N454MG
N454MG moved to Canada for two years until it moved to 8Q-TMT in August 2009
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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 Malé International Airport en Conrad Maldivian Resort, Rangali, Alifu Dhaalu Atoll bedraagt 110 km (69 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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