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Accident description
Last updated: 18 July 2018
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Monday 24 October 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA227-AT Expediter
Operator:CAE Aviation
Registration: N577MX
C/n / msn: AT-577
First flight: 1983
Total airframe hrs:9261
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-11U-611G
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA) (   Malta)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Official state flight
Departure airport:Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA/LMML), Malta
Destination airport:Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA/LMML), Malta
A Swearingen SA227-AT Expediter, registered N577MX, was destroyed after impacting terrain during takeoff from Malta-Luqa Airport. All five crew members sustained fatal injuries.
The aircraft took off from runway 13 and lost height in right hand turn and impacted terrain just past the airport perimeter fence and burst into flames.
The Expediter operated on a surveillance mission for the French Ministry of Defence. Unconfirmed reports say three of the occupants were members of the French Secret Service.

» Times of Malta
» Malta Today

METAR Weather report:
05:15 UTC / 07:15 local time:
LMML 240515Z 08011KT 060V130 7000 BKN006 23/22 Q1018 NOSIG


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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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